Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc., a global leader in science-based pet nutrition, will expand its operations in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The $15 million project is expected to create 25 jobs over the next three years.
The company will add a packaging line at its facility on Turner Court to increase capacity in response to growing demand for its expanded product offerings. Hill’s currently employs 171 people at the location, and will add additional roles as the company transitions to 24-hour operations, seven days a week. Work on the expansion is expected to begin in 2022 and is slated to be completed by early 2025.
“As a longtime member of the Bowling Green community, we are proud of our continued growth and our ability to add more jobs in the area, with a focus on attracting diverse candidates,” said Steve Nelson, plant manager for Hill’s Pet Nutrition. “Working at Hill’s is much more than a job. Our diets help transform the health of pets and enrich the special relationship with their families. As a company, we are committed to making a positive impact in everything we do - from sustainability to animal welfare to our community involvement.”
To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority in February preliminarily approved the company for up to $4.5 million in tax incentives through the Kentucky Reinvestment Act. KRA is designed to help companies make significant capital investments to become more competitive, retain employment and increase productivity and efficiency.
By meeting its annual targets over the agreement term, the company can be eligible to keep a portion of the new tax revenue it generates. The company may claim eligible incentives against its income tax liability assessments.
“Hill’s has been a great employer in South Central Kentucky since this operation opened 35 years ago and its continued growth in our state is appreciated. This is the latest example of the tremendous growth we are seeing in the Bowling Green area and across the state,” added Governor Andy Beshear.
A subsidiary of Colgate-Palmolive Co., Hill’s was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Topeka, Kansas. The company opened its Warren County facility in 1987 and has invested more than $150 million in the operation over the past three decades.
“Hill’s Pet Nutrition is a longstanding staple in the Bowling Green community, and it’s these existing businesses who are the backbone of our economy,” said Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ron Bunch. “Thank you, Hill’s leadership, for continuing to invest in South Central Kentucky.”