TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Saturn Petcare, the largest private-label, pet food manufacturer in Europe, plans to establish its first US facility in Terre Haute, Indiana. The company expects to create up to 200 new jobs by 2024.

The company, which is headquartered in Bremen, Germany, and is a subsidiary of the Heristo Group, will invest more than $38 million to establish operations in Terre Haute, purchasing, renovating and equipping a more than 350,000-square-foot facility.

The new facility will initially house production of wet pet food for cats and dogs in aluminum trays. With its expansion, Saturn Petcare plans to enhance its US client base, which includes specialty stores, supermarkets and discount stores. Saturn Petcare plans to start production in Indiana in June 2020.

“Over five years ago, Saturn Petcare started looking for sites throughout the US to launch our first facility outside of Europe,” said Hubert Schiermeier, CEO of Saturn Petcare and member of the board. “After exceeding requirements like having a strong infrastructure and being in close proximity to our customer base, and with tremendous support and collaboration at the state and local levels, it was clear that Vigo County [Indiana] was the right location for our expansion into the US.”

Established in 1987, Saturn Petcare manufactures more than 1,500 different varieties of wet and dry food products for pets as well as specialty products like multi-layer pâtés, snacks and cat milk. Saturn Petcare, which operates one facility in Germany as well as a subsidiary location in the Netherlands, employs approximately 750 associates worldwide.

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