Nestlé Purina PetCare plans to build a 1.2 million-square-foot production plant at South Afton Industrial Park in Williamsburg Township, Ohio. The company will invest $550 million with plans to hire 300 associates.
According to JobsOhio, Nestlé has a broad growth plan for Purina and is expanding production of its leading dry dog and cat food brands, including Purina Pro Plan, Purina ONE, and Dog Chow.
“Purina is excited to be building two new factories in the U.S. over the next few years. This growth is a testament to strong consumer demand for our high-quality nutrition that helps pets live longer, healthier lives. Our new Ohio factory will build on our more than 90-year history of making science-based dog and cat foods that pet owners trust. We are grateful for the partnership at the state and local levels, and we’re excited to call Clermont County home and support this great community for a long time,” Nina Leigh Krueger, president, Purina said.
Purina received proposals from state and local agencies, including Williamsburg Schools, Williamsburg Township and the Port Authority, with support from Clermont County Commissioners. This support provides the opportunity for Purina to expand its pet food operations while retaining and attracting top talent over the long term. The Ohio Development Services Agency approved a Job Creation Tax Credit to support the project.
"Close collaboration between JobsOhio, its local partners and the Development Services Agency were essential to attracting Purina's newest facility and 300 jobs to Ohio," said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. "Talented workers in Clermont County will manufacture Purina's most recognizable brands from the plant, which will play a critical role in Purina's global growth strategy."
"With today's announcement, Nestlé Purina PetCare is an incredibly welcome addition to the Cincinnati region's food manufacturing ecosystem, where we boast some of the other biggest brands in the country," said Kimm Lauterbach, REDI Cincinnati president and CEO. "More than 300 food and flavoring companies do business in the Cincinnati region, and Nestlé Purina PetCare is the most recent company to recognize its perfect fit for the company's $550 million investment at the South Afton Industrial Park, a JobsOhio SiteOhio Authenticated site. I'm grateful for the work of our partners at JobsOhio, the Ohio Development Services Agency, Clermont County, Williamsburg Township, and Duke Energy that has supported this project and we look forward to watching Nestlé Purina PetCare grow and succeed in the Cincinnati region."
Nestlé employs 3,300 people across the state of Ohio, with operations in Solon, Marysville, Cleveland, Brecksville, and Zanesville, spanning Nestlé USA, Nestlé Professional, Nestlé Foodservice and Nestlé Purina operations. Purina’s new operations will be designed with sustainability at the forefront, including a commitment to send zero waste for disposal, and production processes designed to recover and reuse heat and water.