Nestlé Purina PetCare has announced an estimated USD 450 million investment to open a new factory in Eden, North Carolina, to meet increasing demand for its high-quality, nutritious pet foods.
This expansion is part of a broader growth plan for Purina that began last year with the grand opening of the company's newest wet pet food factory and distribution center in Hartwell, Georgia. The new Eden factory will join Purina's network of 21 existing manufacturing locations across the U.S. and will become operational in 2022.
The new factory in Eden, North Carolina will revitalize a former brewery, transforming it into an innovative, technically advanced pet food manufacturing facility. Preliminary plans call for Purina to renovate the existing structure and produce leading dry dog and cat food brands, including Purina Pro Plan, Purina ONE and Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets.
Purina plans to employ more than 300 people at its new factory location by 2024 while also increasing its use of third-party employment and local and regional economic development. Many of the jobs at Purina's new factory will include professional staff, production operators, technical staff and engineers.
Read the full press release from Purina in the U.S.