On Sept 30, Mars Petcare opened a new production plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA, the first sustainable pet food manufacturing facility in the world.
The US$80 million, 305,000 square foot state-of-the art plant will produce Mars' popular line of CESAR(R) Canine Cuisine for small dogs and has received LEED-Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the nationally-accepted benchmark in the U.S. for designing, constructing and operating green buildings. The Fort Smith facility was awarded "Gold" status for its impressive efforts to recycle water, reduce energy use and protect against erosion and light pollution. Outside of being the first sustainable manufacturing facility in the state, the plant is also the first to earn LEED certification within the Mars Petcare U.S. network.
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