MADISON, Wi. –Stella and Chewy’s, a natural pet food manufacturer, is planning an expansion of its Oak Creek facility and headquarters, which is expected to produce $30 million in capital investment over the next three years and create 82 new jobs for the Milwaukee area according to an announcement made by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Oct. 23, 2018. These plans for expansion come as the company has experienced significant growth internally and in its customer base.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has supported the project by authorizing up to $500,000 in state income tax through 2021. Stella and Chewy’s will lease a new building as part of this expansion, and purchase new machinery and equipment, according to Walker. The actual amount of tax credits Stella & Chewy’s will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment during that period.
"Stella & Chewy’s excellent growth in sales and market share of its high-quality premium pet food products is requiring expanded manufacturing capability,” said Marc Hill, chief executive officer, Stella and Chewy’s. “The company is proud to call Wisconsin home and excited to expand in the state.”
Founded in 2003, Stella and Chewy’s began as a door-to-door startup in New York and is now based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The current facility is 164,000 square feet and employs 200 people in the state of Wisconsin. In addition to the 82 jobs expected to be created by the company, an economic modeling study estimates the project could indirectly generate 127 additional jobs in the region. Those 209 new jobs are expected to generate $1.7 million in state income tax revenue over a five-year period.
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