One business expanding and another bringing part of their operation to town will lead to 96 new jobs in Fort Smith. Twin Rivers Foods, heavily damaged in the record flooding of the Arkansas River in May, is renovating and updating equipment for poultry processing in an existing facility at 201 N. Second St.

The company will invest $800,000 in renovations to the facility and $350,000 in business equipment upgrades for a total investment of $1.15 million, said Assistant City Director Jeff Dingman.

The company will increase its total employed by 47% with the renovation. Twin Rivers Foods employs 254 people in Fort Smith. With this project, they will add 72 jobs with an average hourly wage of $13.04 per hour, Dingman said.

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