Mars Petcare US Selects Fort Smith, Arkansas for New Manufacturing Plant

Story by:Guest Contributor

First posted on 11-28-2007

Fort Smith, AR – Mars Petcare U.S. today announced its plans to build an $80 million manufacturing facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The 250,000 square foot facility will employ up to 200 associates and produce the company’s popular line of Cesar® Canine Cuisine products for small dogs.

“Fort Smith is a great community for our new facility, offering the perfect business combination of a talented workforce, Greenfield location and favorable logistics,” said Doug Cahill, president of Mars Petcare U.S. “Our Cesar® brand of Canine gourmet Cuisine has been growing rapidly and in order to meet market demand, we have decided to build this new manufacturing plant, increasing our capacity in the U.S.”

Mars Petcare broke ground today at the plant site and plans to begin production by April 2009. The manufacturing facility will be state-of- the-art and when fully operational, will double Cesar® production.

“This announcement brings new industry and opportunity to Arkansas while helping redevelop Fort Chaffee,” Governor Beebe said. “We’re glad Mars Petcare found a good fit in Fort Smith, and look forward to working with the company as it continues to expand.”

“We are extremely proud, grateful and excited that Mars Petcare has decided to join the family of nationally known and respected companies that make Fort Smith their home,” said Fort Smith Mayor Ray Baker. “Their decision also reflects Fort Smith’s efforts to improve the economic opportunities in our region. On behalf of the Board of City Directors and City Administration, we welcome Mars Petcare and know that their presence will be another reason that ‘Life is Worth Living in Fort Smith, Arkansas.’”

The Fort Smith facility will provide Mars Petcare US a great opportunity to focus on energy conservation and minimizing waste discharge.

“Today’s announcement simply would not be possible without the support and leadership of Governor Beebe and Mayor Baker. We are excited about our future in Fort Smith and look forward to becoming an active member of the community and contributor to the Fort Smith economy,” said Cahill.

About Mars Petcare US

Mars Petcare U.S. is the U.S. pet care operations of Mars, Incorporated, one of the world’s leading food manufacturers. Headquartered in Franklin, TN, Mars Petcare U.S. employs more than 3,000 associates in the United States, with 29 facilities nationwide and owns some of the world’s favorite pet care brands, including PEDIGREE® Brand Food for Dogs, CESAR® Canine Cuisine, WHISKAS® Brand Food for Cats, SHEBA® Brand Food for Cats and The GOODLIFE Recipe™ Brand. In addition, Mars, Incorporated owns the portfolio of brands produced by ROYAL CANIN USA Inc., NUTRO Products, Inc. and GREENIES®.