On May 19, Nestle Purina opened a new distribution center in Hartwell, Georgia that will also house its 21stmanufacturing plant by 2019.
Rachel Miller, the site manager of the new facility, officially unveiled the company’s new 190,000-sq. ft. distribution center in a ceremony on May 19. The plant that currently employs 40 people plans to increase the number of jobs to more than 240 by 2023.
“We’re thrilled to have the leading pet food company in the US make this kind of investment in Hartwell,” said Brandon Johnson, Mayor of Hartwell. “Purina’s expansion here reinforces our actions to support industry, agriculture and our continuing emphasis on workforce development.”
Pat Masching, Purina’s vice president & director of manufacturing, said, “We’re excited to mark the completion of the first phase of this project. Pet care is a growing part of Nestlé’s business, and the opening of the distribution center in Hartwell represents the first step in Purina’s journey to expand production capacity into Hartwell, which will help us meet consumer demand.”
In 2018, Purina will invest $500 million for innovation and expansion across its US factories.