Bad Boy Mowers, a manufacturer of zero-turn mowers and multi-terrain vehicles, will invest $7.4 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Batesville, Arkansas, increasing its work force to 550 employees.
The firm, which relocated from Diaz, Arkansas, to Batesville a decade ago, has a total 650,000 square feet of facilities in both Batesville and nearby Melbourne, Arkansas.
As part of its expansion the 12-year old firm will add 150 workers, increasing its multi-terrain vehicle manufacturing capacity. Ten additional versions of all terrain vehicles will be added to their current line of six MTV's including two and four seat variations.
"We have a family atmosphere and a team spirit second to none, and a group of hard-working, talented, and extremely dedicated employees that have made us what we are, allowing us to continue to grow and expand," said Bad Boy co-owner Phil Pulley. "We like to say that our products are built Bad Boy tough and Batesville proud," said partner Robert Foster.
"This expansion will allow us to expand our multi-terrain vehicles, from 10 to 16 different models that can be used for agricultural, recreational, and industrial purposes. The new model, the Ultra-Terrain, is planned to be a three-quarter-ton vehicle that will accommodate three adults and will be manufactured in the new facilities, Foster explained. "We come out with several new models every year. I think this new big rig that we're coming out with, the new three-quarter-ton utility vehicle, got the opportunity to double Bad Boy."
"Bad Boy Mowers is a homegrown Arkansas company that continues to grow thanks to an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong, committed work force," Gov. Mike Beebe said. "Bad Boy and Batesville have brought each other success in recent years, and I'm glad to see this relationship continue to strengthen."
"I can't show enough appreciation to both the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and Governor's Office for their work in making this expansion happen," said Independence County Judge Robert Griffin. "In the spirit of partnership, we will work to contribute funding from the county level in order to enhance the project to allow the maximum number of jobs to be created locally."