which makes spirits at a plant in Fort Smith, said today it would expand the plant to bottle Malibu Rum
sold to Walmart stores.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson
was on hand to cheer the announcement as an economy booster. It means 6,000 additional man hours a year in Fort Smith. By my calculation, that's 150 40-hour weeks, or about three full-time employees.
Spoiler alert: Very little of that rum will be sold in Arkansas. Walmart stores are not allowed to sell spirits under Arkansas's crazy quilt alcoholic beverage laws. Walmart did find a way to open one free-standing liquor store next to a Sam's Club in Fayetteville
Wal-Mart officials said the announcement was part of its "Made in the USA" program.