LITTLE ROCK — Lawn mower and utility vehicle manufacturer Intimidator said Monday it will invest $12 million in an expansion of its Batesville operations and will add 400 full-time employees over the next four years.


The company said it will build a second facility in the Independence County Industrial Park. It said the expansion is the result of growth in the utility vehicle and lawn mower market.


“Intimidator is a great example of the mechanical know-how and entrepreneurial spirit that flourishes in Arkansas,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in a statement. “The fact that Intimidator is creating 400 new jobs reflects the company’s rapid growth in the utility vehicle market. They have combined innovative products and ideas with a workforce that is second to none, which results in continued success.”


Robert and Becky Foster, the owners of Intimidator, also own Bad Dawg Accessories, which provides aftermarket accessories for utility vehicles, Spartan Mowers, and Gourmet Guru Grill. The companies currently employ 111 people in Batesville.


State incentives that Intimidator is receiving for the expansion project include a $1.5 million community development block grant, a cash rebate equal to 4.25 percent of annual payroll associated with newly created jobs for five years, and sales tax refunds on building materials, taxable machinery and equipment associated with the project.