- Associated Press - Monday, December 14, 2015

BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Bad Boy Mowers says it’s growing its Batesville operations with a $7.8 million expansion that will add 160 new jobs.

The Batesville-based company announced Monday it’s investing in a 68,000-square-foot, 10-acre property near its existing 1 million-square-foot facility. The expansion will bring the company’s total employment to about 750 people.

The company says its expansion is needed because of increased demand for its zero turn mower product line, its sister company’s rotary cutter line and its new accessory division. The company began production in Batesville in 2002 with a 20,000-square-foot facility and 25 employees.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson joined local and company leaders at the expansion announcement. The company is receiving cash rebates for the new positions created, sales tax credits for the expansion and a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant.

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