The Fort Smith Building Safety Division recently permitted more than $3.3 million in new construction and remodeling jobs, including work for the Mars Petcare expansion at Chaffee Crossing.

According to the city’s latest building permits summary, Industrial Services Co. was issued a new construction permit April 17 for a $2.9 million job at Mars Petcare, 10000 Roberts Blvd.

The Mars Petcare plant opened in 2009 and has seen more than $130 million invested to create about 250 jobs. Mars Petcare Plant Manager Russ Hayes said in December the facility will be producing 1.3 billion servings of pet food a year once the expansion project is complete.

One of the three production lines, a former canning line converted to a “tray” line, had already been installed by the end of 2016. Two more tray lines to create Sheba, Cesar and Nutro brand products are in the works, according to Hayes.

New Darragh facility

Darragh Co., a construction materials and tool supply company, is building a new store on Zero Street with plans to move from its current location at 4801 Wheeler Ave. when the new building is completed.

Steve Beam Construction was permitted April 20 for a nearly $1.2 million new construction permit at 4731 Zero St. for the Darragh Company facility.

Mel Yarbrough, operations manager at Fort Smith’s Darragh branch, pointed out the company has been in business since 1906 and acquired Tool Central in 2011. Yarbrough has been with Darragh for 26 years. According to the Darragh Co. website, the family for which it is named has been “integral to the building of Arkansas — from supplying cement used in construction of the state Capitol, to operating agricultural and food divisions, to providing materials and equipment for construction projects throughout the state and region.”

The company now specializes in construction materials and industrial equipment and supplies for concrete, masonry, waterproofing and renovation professionals. Darragh Co.’s headquarters are in Little Rock, with facilities in Benton, Fort Smith, Lowell, Jonesboro and Texarkana, Texas. They primarily serve commercial contractors, subcontractors and highway contractors. The company also serves electrical, HVAC and mechanical contractors and provides equipment rental and repair services.

City fees paid on the two new construction projects amounted to more than $15,500.

Other projects

A $250,000 remodeling of the Wendy's restaurant at 8210 Rogers Ave. is being conducted by Central Construction Group. The job was permitted April 19 with a fee of $1,866. Nearby, Wear Construction was permitted April 18 to move forward on a $240,000 remodel of Mercy Ultrasound, 7301 Rogers Ave.