“Eden is Purina’s first manufacturing facility in North Carolina, and with this expansion, we’re building on our more than 90-year history of making scientific dog and cat foods that pet owners trust. Nina Leigh Krueger, President, Nestlé Purina USA “Despite the difficult times we all live in, Purina has remained resilient. This strategic and long-term investment demonstrates our commitment to providing high quality pet food. We are grateful for the excellent partnership, at the national and local levels, and we are delighted to be a part of this community now and for many years to come. ”
“North Carolina The manufacturing workforce is strong, and this announcement is an important new phase in Nestlé Purina’s growth, “said Governor Cooper.” The company’s global reputation for quality products, innovation, and sustainability and its business community. “
Located along the Virginia border, the new factory of Eden, North Carolina will revitalize a former brewery, transforming it into an innovative and technically advanced pet food manufacturing plant. Preliminary plans call on Purina to invest $ 450 million to renovate existing structure in Rockingham County and produce leading brands of dry dog and cat food, including Purina Pro Plan, Purina ONE and Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets .
“At Purina, we are passionate about supporting the communities in which we live and work and we look forward to bringing that passion to Rockingham County,” said Nolan terry, Vice-President, Manufacturing, Purina. “The property is in good working order and we have an incredible opportunity to transform it into a world class feed facility. We also see great potential to work with a highly skilled workforce in the region and offer a chance to start a new chapter in their career at Purina. Great people and a great location are a win-win solution. ”
The plant will reside on more than 1,300 acres near the border of North Carolina and Virginia and have an area of approximately 1.3 million square feet. Purina plans to employ more than 300 people in its new plant by 2024, while increasing its reliance on third-party employment and local and regional economic development. Many jobs at the new Purina plant will include professional staff, production operators, technical staff and engineers.
While investing in its business, Purina is committed to manufacturing pet care products in an environmentally responsible manner, as the company aspires to do across all of its 21 US factories. 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. Purina also strives to make the facility 100% renewable electricity powered as soon as possible, while supporting the company’s ambition to have zero environmental impact in the company’s operations. by 2030.
Purina conducted a nationwide search for its most recent plant location and explored several potential sites in North Carolina and other states as part of this project. After a detailed analysis, the proposal of Rockingham County, the city of Eden and State of North Carolina Officials allow Purina to serve pet owners and retain and attract top talent for the long term.
“We are delighted that Nestlé Purina has chosen Eden and Rockingham County like their new manufacturing house, “said Mark Richardson, Chair, Rockingham County Council of Commissioners. “News of their expansion into this property brings so much light and revitalization to our community. We look forward to seeing this site come back to life with new employees as well as the tax base, but most of all happy to see it occupied by such a site. well known and respected company. ”
To view and apply for positions in Purina’s new factory, please visit purinajobs.com/Eden. To receive alerts and updates on new available positions, visit purinajobs.com/NC.
Key facts about Nestlé Purina:
Total investment in this facility: approximately $ 450 million
Total investment in the United States over the past 5 years: $ 1.5 billion
Total square feet of Eden installation: 1.3 million
Expected number of employees: more than 300 by 2024
About Nestlé Purina PetCare
Nestlé Purina PetCare creates richer lives for pets and the people who love them. Founded in 1894, Purina has helped dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives by providing scientifically-based nutritional innovations. Purina makes some of the world’s most trusted and popular pet care products, including Purina ONE, Pro Plan, Fancy Feast, and Tidy Cats. Our more than 8,000 U.S. associates are proud of our trusted brands of pet food, treats and litter that feed 49 million dogs and 66 million cats each year. More than 500 Purina scientists, veterinarians and animal care experts back our commitment to unmatched quality and nutrition.
Purina promotes responsible animal care through its scientific research, products and support for animal-related organizations. Over the past five years, Purina has contributed over $ 150 million to organizations that bring people and pets together and keep them together, as well as those that help our communities and environment thrive.
Purina is part of Nestlé, a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness. For more information visit purina.com or subscribe here to receive the latest news from Purina.
SOURCE Nestlé Purina PetCare