Baby food manufacturer Gerber Products Company is launching a $30 million project to add a new product line at its Fort Smith, AR production facility, the company announced this week.
In operation since 1964, Gerber’s Fort Smith site manufactures purees in plastic and glass containers, meat sticks, and infant cereals. During the project, the company will acquire new food manufacturing and food processing equipment and improve infrastructure.
“We appreciate the state of Arkansas and the city of Fort Smith’s partnership and participation in supporting our project,” the president and chief executive officer of Gerber, Bill Partyka, said in a release. “Gerber has had a long-standing relationship with the state of Arkansas and the Fort Smith community, and we look forward to continuing that relationship for many years to come.”
Local officials passed a resolution this week to provide $30 million in industrial development revenue bonds to assist with the financing of the expansion. The company will abate 65% of its property taxes for 15 years through a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement with the city of Fort Smith.
The Nestle-owned company plans to add 50 new full-time positions to the facility’s headcount as a result of the project.