A $7.8 million expansion by Bad Boy Mowers, which has built “zero turn” residential and commercial mowers in Batesville since 2002, should add 160 new jobs to the city, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission  announced today.

Bad Boy, which employs more than 600 people now, is spending $7.8 million to build a 68,000-square-foot facility on 10 acres across from it headquarters to expand its mower and accessory lines and rotary cutters produced by sister company Bad Boy Cutters. 

Incentives for the expansion included annual cash rebates equal to 4.25 percent of payroll under the Create Rebate program, a direct-pay sales and use tax credit of 7 percent of eligible project expenditures under the InvestArk program, and a $500,000 federal community development block grant. The company received $2.2 million in Governor’s Quick Action Fund support for an expansion in 2014.

Gov. Hutchinson and Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh were on hand for the announcement this morning in Batesville.