American pet food company, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, is planning to invest more than $250 million to build a new factory in its home state of Kansas to meet the growing demand for vet-recommended pet food.
“Hill’s Pet Nutrition is excited to be growing our roots in Kansas. We’ve been part of the community for almost 80 years and this new facility will help us to meet our mission of enriching and lengthening the special relationships between people and their pets by providing our high quality nutrition,” said Jesper Nordengaard, President of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a division of the Colgate-Palmolive Company.
When it came to selecting the location, distributors and supplies and the hiring of talent for the new factory, Hill’s Pet Nutrition worked closely with the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Leavenworth County Development Corporation, the City of Tonganoxie, Evergy and Kansas Gas Service.
“Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s decision to invest $250 million in Kansas and bring 80 new jobs to Tonganoxie is further proof that Kansas’ Animal Health Corridor can out-compete any region in the world for these industry investments and jobs,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “With our central location, talented workforce and reputation as a global leader in animal health and science, our partnership with Hill’s is a no-brainer.”
The company noted that the new facility will be built on 80 acres in Tonganoxie Business Park in Tonganoxie, Kansas and will feature the latest manufacturing technology, which will further enable them to meet the increasing demand for science-led pet nutrition.
The facility will also be built with sustainability at the forefront of its design. “We plan to maximize our water and energy efficiency as well as continuing our commitment to be LEED Certified,” said Bart Fisher, director of supply at Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
Construction is expected to begin later this year and will be completed by 2023. The factory will employ at least 80 workers by 2025.