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By George Jared

Intimidator Inc. is set to invest $12 million and build a second facility in Batesville, adding 400 full-time workers to its payroll during the next four years. The company now employs about 80 workers at its facility in the city’s industrial park.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson attended the Monday morning (Sept. 19) announcement and said high paying manufacturing jobs are key to the state’s economic growth.

“This is the most rewarding part of my job as governor … jobs are critically important to Arkansas,” he said.

Intimidator makes zero-turn lawn mowers and 4X4 utility vehicles. Workers will be paid on average about $18 per hour, Hutchinson said. No date for construction was included in the announcement. When the company will start hiring new workers has not been determined.

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