Nestlé Purina PetCare has opened its 21st factory in the United States in Hartwell, Ga., to meet the demand for Purina pet care brands. With a total investment of more than $320 million, the new Hartwell factory is Purina’s first new U.S. factory in two decades and represents Nestlé’s single largest investment in a pet care facility in the last decade in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Currently, nearly 200 employees work at the Hartwell facility, and the number will grow to 240 as new lines and other expansions at the site are completed over the next few years. Purina also operates a manufacturing facility in Fairburn, Ga., which employs 350 people.

Purina announced its investment in Hartwell in 2017 and began initial operations of a distribution center at the site in spring 2018. The company purchased a long-idled textile facility that it set out to completely remake and rebuild with the installation of modern equipment and technology for production of trusted Purina brands including Fancy Feast, which is the top wet cat food brand in the United States.

“Nestlé Purina is focused on delivering world-class products and is one of our key growth pillars for Nestlé,” said Laurent Freixe, Nestlé CEO for the Americas. “Purina is in a position of strength for long-term sustainable growth and this investment in Hartwell demonstrates Nestlé’s commitment to continually innovate and shape the future of pet care.”

The Hartwell factory uses innovative water conservation and treatment methods, aims to be powered by 100% renewable electricity in the near future. and currently sends zero waste for disposal to traditional landfills, instead utilizing composting, recycling, and energy recovery.

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