which makes dog and cat food at a plant in Fort Smith, announced today an expansion that could create 130 more jobs over the next few years.
A news release from the state said Mars has committed to invest $72 million initially — and potentially up to $110 million. It employs about 200 currently.
As is customary, the state will dole out some corporate welfare payments:
* Ten years of rebates on payroll. 3.9 percent per year of expansion payroll.
* Refund of sales tax on materials and machinery in the expansion.
* A $400,000 handout from the Governor's Quick Action Closing Fund.
* A $100,000 handout for training.