Pet food and products manufacturer Nestle Purina PetCare plans to install new processing and packaging lines at its Mechanicsburg, PA dry pet food production facility, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced in a release Tuesday. The project is the second major dry pet food production expansion launched by the company this year.
The company will invest $167 over the next three years to add the new lines. As part of the project, Nestle Purina will create 94 new jobs at the site.
“Pet owners have trusted Purina for more than 90 years, and demand for our pet food is strong and continues to grow,” John Bear, vice president of manufacturing for Purina, said in a statement. “Purina is proud to make high-quality foods for dogs and cats at our Mechanicsburg factory with a continued commitment to safety and environmental sustainability. This expansion reflects an investment in our local operations, and we look forward to continuing to deliver innovative and highly nutritious pet foods.”
A number of Nestle Purina’s dry pet food brands are manufactured in Mechanicsburg, including Purina ONE, Purina Pro Plan, Fancy Feast, Dog Chow and Cat Chow. The plant currently has a headcount of about 320 workers.
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) proposed $282,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits (JCTC) for Nestle Purina and also approved $188,000 in workplace development training funding.
Earlier this year, Nestle Purina revealed plans to invest $140 million in several new processing and packaging lines for dry pet foods at its production facility in Clinton, IA.