Nestle Purina PetCare Company has announced the opening of its 21st factory facility in the United States. The new facility is located in Hartwell, Georgia, and the company aims for the production of Purina brand products.
The Hartwell factory has been constructed with an overall investment of more than USD 320 million, and it is the first new facility in the United States to open in 20 years. The plant also is Nestlé’s largest investment in a pet care facility for the last 10 years in the not only the United States, but also in Canada and Latin America.
At present 200 employees are working at the Hartwell factory. This number is expected to rise to 240, with the inclusion of new product lines and other expansion activities are completed in the coming years. In addition, Purina also runs another factory at Fairburn, Georgia, which employs 350 workers.
Laurent Freixe, the CEO of Nestle for the Americas, spoke about the development: “Nestlé Purina is focused on delivering world-class products and is one of our key growth pillars for Nestlé. Purina is in a position of strength for long-term sustainable growth and this investment in Hartwell demonstrates Nestlé’s commitment to continually innovate and shape the future of pet care.”
New Facility Remade From Idle Textile Facility
Purina first announced its investment into the Hartwell facility in 2017, and had started a distribution center in the spring of 2018. The factory was remade from an idle textile factory, and is equipped with the modern tech required for the production of Purina brand offerings. These include Fancy Feast, the top selling wet cat food in the country.
Brian P. Kemp, the governor for Georgia, welcomed the factory saying: “I am proud to congratulate Purina on the opening of their 21st U.S. factory in Hart County. As one of the nation’s leading pet food companies, Purina’s expansion into Hartwell and continued commitment in Fairburn are creating exciting opportunities for hardworking Georgians and their families, and I am grateful for their investment in our state. I am excited to see another member of the Georgia Made family grow their operations, and I have no doubt that our top-notch workforce will ensure Purina’s continued success in the years ahead.”