Nestlé Purina plans to invest $140 million to expand its factory in Clinton, Iowa. According to company officials, the location is a hub for innovation and design of new products, in addition to producing flagship brands including Purina ONE and Purina Pro Plan, both of which are experiencing double digit growth.
Expansion of the plant will allow Purina to meet a growing demand from pet owners for nutritious, science-based dog and cat foods using high-quality and trusted ingredients.
Purina, which employs 360 people in Clinton, established local operations in 1969. The expansion will add new processing and packaging lines for the production of "dry," or kibble-based, pet foods and lead to total job growth of more than 60 positions. Purina has had a presence in Iowa since 1927 and also operates pet food factories in Fort Dodge and Davenport, with approximately 1,000 employees across the state.
Purina is the largest dry dog and cat food maker in the United States. Purina's dry dog food business has grown seven percent in the past year, which is twice the rate of the category overall. With a total investment of $140 million in this expansion by 2023, Purina's Clinton factory will significantly increase the production of high quality and nutritious brands that feed millions of pets each year.
"Pet owners have trusted Purina for over 90 years, and demand for Purina products is strong and continues to grow," said John Bear, Vice President of Manufacturing, Purina. "Purina is proud to produce high quality products for dogs and cats at our Clinton factory. This expansion reflects an investment in our local operations and our commitment to continue delivering innovative and highly nutritious pet foods."
"For more than 50 years, Purina's Clinton factory has provided quality jobs for the region," said Roger Brecht, Purina Clinton Factory Manager. "It's an exciting time at Purina, and we're proud to continue making the great foods that pets love while bringing even more quality jobs to the region."
"When a company can expand and add jobs here in Clinton, it truly is a good day," said Scott Maddasion, Clinton Mayor. "As a community, we are focused on skills-building and development to ensure that we're matching people with jobs for the future. Purina's expansion brings not only investment but good direct and indirect jobs for local residents. We are extremely excited for this expansion and Purina's commitment to remaining a cornerstone business in Clinton. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership."
"This announcement represents a significant expansion in jobs and infrastructure for rural Iowa," said Governor Kim Reynolds. "Opportunity lives here, and we are working every day to make Iowa a beacon of economic prosperity. I want to congratulate Purina for 90 years of continued growth and success here in the Hawkeye state."
"We are thrilled that Purina has chosen to expand its existing operations in Clinton," added Erin M. Cole, President & CEO, Clinton Regional Development Corporation. "With a young, dynamic team, high-quality products and booming sales, they epitomize success in our community. We are privileged to have a strong working relationship with their local management team, and we stand ready to assist them as they move forward with this vital project."