MADISON, WIS. — Stella & Chewy’s is investing $67.7 million to expand operations in Oak Creek, creating an expected 245 jobs in the area over the next three years. Most new jobs will be for manufacturing personnel.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced the expansion on March 3. WEDC has authorized up to $2 million in state income tax credits through 2024 to support the project.
“This investment will enable Stella & Chewy’s to position itself for continued growth and success, and at the same time, create jobs in Milwaukee County,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and chief executive officer of WEDC. “Companies have a choice when deciding to expand, and the decision by Stella & Chewy’s to establish another facility in Oak Creek is a testament to Wisconsin’s strong business climate and dedicated workforce.”
The premium pet food and treat manufacturer plans to construct a new manufacturing plant, located adjacent to its current Oak Creek facility. The new building will include roughly $65 million in new equipment, of which approximately $15 million to $20 million will be purchased from local vendors across Wisconsin.
“Stella & Chewy’s has expanded our sales and product offerings over the past few years and we expect the growth to continue,” said Marc Hill, chief executive officer of Stella & Chewy’s. “In order to meet projected product demand, the company will expand our current production footprint by approximately 140,000 additional square feet to support growing demand. We welcome and appreciate the support we’ve received from WEDC and are looking forward to bringing the additional employment opportunities to the area.”
The expansion will increase production operations, including the use of proprietary processing technology, as well as raw material storage and added office space for production staff and corporate personnel.
“As the representative from this district, I look forward to seeing this growth by Stella & Chewy’s,” said Wisconsin State Representative Jessie Rodriguez. “I am hopeful that this tax credit program will promote significant economic development in our community. Stella & Chewy’s has been an important job creator in the area for the past several years, and it’s encouraging to see them recommit to Oak Creek with their plans to expand their facility and create more jobs for the local community.”
In 2020, the pet food manufacturer was named among the Top Workplaces in the area by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“It’s been a ‘ruff’ year for our economy due to COVID-19, but one thing that has brought our neighbors great comfort is the companionship of their furry friends,” added Wisconsin State Senator Chris Larson. “By investing in Oak Creek and supporting our local workforce, Stella & Chewy’s has proven that their bark is as good as their bite-sized puppy treats.”
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