Colgate-Palmolive Co. division Hill’s Pet Nutrition is preparing to spend $250 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Kansas to help the company meet increasing demand for its products, the firm announced in a recent release.
The new plant will be located at the Tonganoxie Business Park in Tonganoxie, KS and feature the latest manufacturing technology.
“Hill’s Pet Nutrition is excited to be growing our roots in Kansas. We’ve been part of the community for almost 80 years and this new facility will help us meet our mission of enriching and lengthening the special relationships between people and their pets by providing high quality nutrition,” the division’s president, Jasper Nordengaard, said in a statement.
Members of the Tonganoxie City Council are scheduled to review Hill’s development agreement outlining the project at a meeting on Monday. If approved, work on the site will commence later this year and reach completion by 2023.
The opening of the new facility is expected to create about 80 new jobs by 2025.
Hill’s currently operates four manufacturing facilities in the US, including plants in Topeka and Emporia in Kansas. The division is based in Topeka and also houses its Pet Nutrition Center there.
“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 for Hill’s.
A number of sustainability-oriented features will be included in the new facility as well, from solutions that conserve water and energy use to LEED certification for the structure.
The Hill’s announcement follows on the heels of several other capital projects in the pet food industry. In May, Nestle Purina completed a $19 million expansion of its cat treat plant in Dunkirk, NY. Mars Petcare announced this March that it will invest $200 million to expand its Lebanon, TN manufacturing plant to support production of Royal Canin cat and dog food and EUKANUBATM health and nutrition products. Last November, Simmons Pet Care revealed plans for two new wet pet food production plants in Arkansas.