GREENWOOD, S.C. — Symrise Pet Food (SPF) announced a $65.5 million investment in its North American headquarters located in Hodges, Greenwood County, on April 20. The company plans to build a new state-of-the-art facility, which will create 65 new jobs, and is expected to be fully operational in 2025.
“This expansion is a key step for SPF's North American business,” said Tim Lonc, general manager at Symrise Pet Food North America. “We appreciate the support we have received making our project a reality in Hodges and look forward to continuing our partnership within Greenwood County. As the pet food industry keeps growing, we are committed to supporting our customers' needs and are always looking for ways to reach out for new opportunities.”
SPF offers pet food manufacturers solutions in palatability, nutrition through its Nutrios brand, and protection through its Videka brand. Currently, the company has 1,500 employees spanning 31 facilities throughout the globe. SPF is supported by the Taste, Nutrition & Health segment of Symrise AG, a supplier of flavors, fragrances, cosmetic and food ingredients.
“Symrise has continually invested in Greenwood County and our citizens since they opened their operations 15 years ago,” said Theo Lane, vice chairman of Greenwood County’s Council. “Their decision to further invest is not only a strong vote of confidence in our talented workforce, but also a testament to our collaborative relationship that helped secure this significant expansion. These 65 new jobs support our vision of the development of our Highway 25 North industrial corridor and will have a lasting impact on our community. We appreciate their continued belief in Greenwood County as a great place to work and live.”
The company established its presence in Greenwood County in 2007 and has since been a valued corporate partner to the community. With its expansion, SPF will help meet increased pet food demand and allow the company to grow its powder palatant product offerings.
“We are excited that Symrise is choosing to expand their operations in Hodges,” said Hodges’ Mayor Michael George. “In addition to job creation, they have been active partners in the Hodges community through their support of our school, fire department, town festivals, and the Greenwood County Animal Shelter. This expansion is great news for our community, and we wish them much success.
The company’s expansion and investment follows its rebranding in March 2022, in which its ADF, IsoNova, Schaffelaarbos and Diana Pet Food brands became Symrise Pet Food.
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