Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Sept. 27 that Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. will create as many as 240 new jobs and invest $320 million in a manufacturing facility and distribution center in Hartwell, Ga.
"With this new facility, Purina will build upon Georgia's strategic resources while yielding economic benefits for the Hart County (Ga.) community. We appreciate Purina's significant investment and look forward to the company's success here," Deal said.
Purina, a global leader in pet care, currently employs more than 8,000 people in the U.S. Leading Purina brands include Purina ONE, Dog Chow, Friskies, Tidy Cats and Pro Plan.
"The Hartwell site will be an excellent location for Purina's first new U.S. factory in 20 years," said John Bear, vice president of manufacturing, Nestlé Purina. "We're very excited and look forward to closing on the property and bringing more quality jobs to the state of Georgia, as well as expanding Purina capacity and distribution in the Southeast."
Purina plans to create as many as 240 jobs over the next five years at the new location. The company will invest $320 million at the site by the end of 2023 and expects to close on the property later this year, contingent on completion of due diligence and satisfaction of closing conditions. Distribution center operations are expected to begin in 2018, with production to follow in 2019.
Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. Nestlé Purina PetCare is a premiere global manufacturer of pet products and is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.