LEWISBURG, OHIO — Following its announcement on March 16 to expand operations in Lebanon, Tenn., Royal Canin will invest $390 million in a new pet food manufacturing facility in Lewisburg to serve the same purpose: meeting increased demand for its products.
The investment will result in a 450,000-square-foot plant scheduled for completion in the second half of 2023. Construction will begin in May. The facility, which will produce Royal Canin and Eukanuba branded pet food products, is expected to create 224 new jobs in the area.
"At Royal Canin, everything we do is in service of our purpose: to create A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS,” said Cecile Coutens, president of Royal Canin North America. “Our investment in the new Ohio manufacturing facility will enable us to meet the ever-growing needs of pets and their owners across North America… Our new site will help ensure we can serve more pet owners and bring our nutrition to more cats and dogs than ever before."
The finished facility will pursue a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification as a testament to Royal Canin’s and Mars, Inc.’s sustainability commitments.
The new plant in Lewisburg will be located on the same campus as Royal Canin’s Pet Health Nutrition Center, where the company conducts global research and development. The site will be the sixth pet food manufacturing plant operated by Royal Canin across the United States and Canada.
"We are excited to expand our presence in the Lewisburg area and continue to partner with the state of Ohio to invest in US manufacturing and the local community," said Roland Hooley, vice president of value chain operations for Royal Canin North America. "This expansion fuels the local economy and allows us to further invest in communities like Lewisburg where we are proud to call home."
Royal Canin is planning a ground-breaking ceremony in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more details.
"Royal Canin is a global leader in pet nutrition, and we look forward to 224 Ohioans producing its high-quality products that will benefit the health of pets and the happiness of their owners throughout the North American market,” commented J.P. Nauseef, president and chief executive officer of JobsOhio.
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