Pet food manufacturer Freshpet Inc. will invest $84 million to expand its fresh dog and cat food production plant in Hanover Township, PA, the office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday. About 100 new full time jobs will be created as a result of the project.
“The rapid growth of the Freshpet brand behind requires us to bring online additional capacity by mid-to-late 2020 to support our continued growth and enable us to serve more pets,” Billy Cyr, the chief executive officer of Freshpet, said in a press release. “It also allows us to provide more career opportunities for the dedicated and talented employees who have helped deliver the success we have had so far.”
Freshpet plans to build an addition to the 100,000-sq-ft facility, conduct renovations, and acquire new equipment. The state’s Department of Community and Economic Development gave the company a funding proposal for a $500,000 grant and $300,000 in job creation tax credits. Officials said the Freshpetproject will also receive assistance from the Manufacturing Tax Credit program, the Workforce Development Board, and PA CareerLink.
“The 100 high-quality manufacturing jobs this project will create is great news for Northampton County workers and their families. Additionally, Freshpet’s focus on buying its ingredients locally means this expansion is good for Pennsylvania’s farmers and food ingredient processors as well,” said Gov. Wolf in a statement.
Established in 2006, Freshpet produces preservative free pet food from all natural ingredients, including locally sourced chicken, beef, fish, fruits and vegetables. The company is based in Secaucus, NJ.