Nestle Purina to expand Wisconsin pet food plant

A Wisconsin pet food manufacturer is expanding.

Nestle Purina has announced a 195-million dollar project in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where Purina will increase production of wet pet food brands by nearly 50 percent, including Pro Plan, Fancy Feast, and Beneful IncrediBites, and add 35,000 square feet to the facility. Nestle says facility will serve the northern United States.

The expansion is expected to bring another 100 jobs to the Jefferson plant, where they’ve operated for nearly 115 years. The Jefferson plant currently employs more than 250 people. 

The State of Wisconsin is helping through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) with up to $1.7 million dollars in performance-based business development tax credits over the next five years. The actual amount of tax credits Purina will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment during that period.Nestle Purina recently opened a new dry pet food facility in Eden, North Carolina, and completed expansion to its King William, Virginia, litter factory. Nestle’s five-year plan is to invest $2 billion in Purina’s factory and capital expansion projects to enhance its pet food manufacturing footprint by 2025.

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