Hill’s Pet Nutrition has plans to invest more than $250 million to build a new factory in Tonganoxie, which is located in its home state of Kansas. The decision, according to officials, stems from the company’s need to help meet the growing demand for its pet food.
“Hill’s Pet Nutrition is excited to be growing our roots in Kansas,” said Jesper Nordengaard, president of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a division of the Colgate-Palmolive Co. “We’ve been part of the community for almost 80 years and this new facility will help us to meet our mission of enriching and lengthening the special relationships between people and their pets by providing our high-quality nutrition.”
Working in close partnership with the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Leavenworth County Development Corporation, the City of Tonganoxie, Evergy and Kansas Gas Service, Hill’s chose the site for its excellent location, access to a talented and diverse pool of workers, a strong and welcoming community and proximity to distributors and suppliers, officials said.
The new facility will be built on 80 acres in Tonganoxie Business Park and will help Hill’s Pet Nutrition meet the increasing demand for science-led pet nutrition, officials said. The new, innovative factory will feature the latest manufacturing technology and is expected to employ at least 80 people by 2025, officials added. Once all approvals are granted, construction is expected to begin later this year and be completed by 2023.
“We are grateful for the partnership with the state of Kansas, the Leavenworth County Development Corporation and the City of Tonganoxie to create this opportunity,” said Nicki Baty, vice president and general manager at U.S. Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
The Tonganoxie plant will join four other Hill’s manufacturing sites in the United States, including facilities in Emporia and Topeka in Kansas. Topeka is also home to Hill’s global headquarters and its Pet Nutrition Center, recently expanded to include a new Small Paws facility to develop products for small dog breeds.
“The new Tonganoxie facility will be built with the highest quality and food safety standards as well as the latest technology,” said Jose Borrell, vice president of global supply chain at Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition is committed to minimizing its environmental footprint, replenishing natural resources and leading the industry in more ethical, responsible practices, officials said. As with all of its manufacturing facilities, the company plans to certify the Tonganoxie factory under the Total Resource Use and Efficiency (TRUE) program for zero waste, officials added.
“We will design our newest facility with sustainability at the forefront of our design,” said Bart Fisher, director of supply at Hill’s Pet Nutrition. “We plan to maximize our water and energy efficiency as well as continuing our commitment to be LEED Certified.”
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