HARRISBURG, PA. — Nestlé Purina announced July 28 it is expanding its pet food and treat production in Mechanicsburg, Penn. The company plans to invest more than $167 million into the expansion over the next three years.
The expansion will include hiring 94 additional employees, as well as new processing and packaging lines at its existing facility in Cumberland County.
“Purina has had a significant presence in Central Pennsylvania for more than 20 years; making high-quality pet food known worldwide, creating jobs, and giving back to the local economy,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. “We are proud to see this company grow here in the commonwealth and look forward to our continued partnership in the decades to come.”
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has pledged a $282,000 contribution in Job Creation Tax Credits (JCTC), as well as $188,000 for workforce development training, according to Purina.
“Purina has had a long history in Cumberland County as a valued employer, and CAEDC is proud to partner with them on this project as they continue to provide vital jobs to our local community through this expansion," said, Laura Potthoff, director of business and workforce development at the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation.
The company is also working with the Governor’s Action Team of economic development specialists, which works with companies looking to expand or establish business in Pennsylvania.
“Pet owners have trusted Purina for more than 90 years, and demand for our pet food is strong and continues to grow,” said John Bear, vice president of manufacturing at Purina. “Purina is proud to make high-quality foods for dogs and cats at our Mechanicsburg factory with a continued commitment to safety and environmental sustainability. This expansion reflects an investment in our local operations, and we look forward to continuing to deliver innovative and highly nutritious foods for pets.”
Purina employs nearly 800 people throughout Pennsylvania at its production plants in Mechanicsburg and Allentown. Several of the company’s flagship pet food and treat brands are produced in Mechanicsburg.
“For nearly 25 years, Purina has provided premium jobs for residents of Mechanicsburg and surrounding communities,” said Mike O’Brien, factory manager at Purina’s Mechanicsburg plant. “We’re proud to be making great foods that pets love while expanding the operations and providing even more jobs for the region.”
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