To increase production capacity for Fancy Feast Savory Cravings, Nestlé Purina PetCare recently completed a $19 million expansion project in Dunkirk, New York. The company plans to add 104 employees.
The investment is one of several active expansions at the company's pet care facilities across the United States, company officials noted. In total, $2 billion is being committed to Purina's U.S. pet care operations and the creation of more than 900 jobs by 2025.
"Expanding our treats production capacity in Dunkirk allows us to continue providing pet owners with breakthrough products and superior quality," said Nolan Terry, Vice President of Manufacturing at Purina. "This latest innovation continues our legacy of delivering high-quality products pet lovers have come to trust for more than 90 years."
In support of the local community during the pandemic, Purina donated nearly $920,000 in monetary and pet food donations. Purina currently employees more than 500 associates in Dunkirk, where operations began in 1972. The expansion features a new fully customized and automated production process.
"Purina is proud to continue investing in western New York, providing critical jobs for the region and keeping our employees safe during a challenging year, all while supporting our local community and providing innovative new products from the trusted brands Americans depend on," said Anthony De La O, Purina Factory Manager in Dunkirk.
Fancy Feast Savory Cravings packaging is fully recyclable. The treat's wrapper is recyclable at store drop off while the remaining components, including the carton and tray, are paper-based and can be recycled through existing community recycling programs.