FORT SMITH, Ark. — Mars Petcare’s Fort Smith facility on Feb. 27 became one of only 55 workplaces in Arkansas to have earned an award from the Arkansas Department of Labor for achieving four million hours of safe work over the past seven years. Three hundred employees currently work at the facility.

"Four million hours without incident is an incredible accomplishment for our associates, and highlights their commitment to creating a safe workplace," said Russ Hayes, site director for Mars Petcare's Forth Smith plant. "At Mars, safety is always our top priority – and we're proud that, for the past seven years, our Fort Smith associates have returned home to their families in the same condition as when they came to work."

Over the past 10 years, Mars Petcare has invested more than $230 million in the Fort Smith facility, of which $2.4 million is currently funding an expansion of its offices and laboratories.

"We're proud to have Mars Petcare, and their commitment to keeping our residents safe, as part of our close-knit Fort Smith community," said Mayor George McGill. "The Four Million Work Hours Safety Award is an incredible accomplishment, and one the entire city can celebrate."

Mars Petcare produces nearly 50 brands, including many global leaders, and operates in more than 50 countries.

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