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China-based Pet Won Pet Products Plans Danville, Arkansas Plant

China-based Pet Won Pet Products will invest $5 million to develop pet treats at a new 28,887-square-foot facility, located 99 miles northwest of Little Rock, in Danville, Arkansas. The company will create 70 new jobs at the plant, formerly home to Petit Jean Poultry.

Pet Won Pet Products’ parent company is headquartered in Taian City, Shandong Province, China. Sun Paper, which announced plans in 2016 to build a $1 billion bio-products mill in Clark County, Arkansas, is also headquartered in Shandong Province.

“Foreign-owned companies currently operate more than 230 facilities throughout the state and we anticipate that number will continue to grow,” said Mike Preston, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. “Pet Won Pet Products’ announcement of plans to locate their new operation in Arkansas will result in more interest from Chinese companies considering expanding into North America. This presents a great opportunity for the state to build on our current momentum.”

Pet Won Pet Products is scheduled to start production at the new facility in June 2017. The owners of Pet Won Pet Products have operated a pet treat factory in China for about 17 years where they make treats produced from poultry. Already deboned chicken will be used to make the treats at the Danville facility.

“It’s been a pleasure working with the leadership team of Pet Won Pet Products,” said Whick Stapleton who directs Danville’s economic development efforts. “Thanks to the company choosing Danville, 70 families in this area will experience a better quality of life through the newly created jobs.”

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