Purina inaugurates new pet food distribution center in Hartwell, Georgia

Nestlé Purina commemorated

the opening of its newest distribution center in Hartwell, Georgia,

during a ceremony May 19. The site is also the future home of the

company's 21st manufacturing facility, where popular and high-quality

Purina pet food brands will be produced beginning in mid-2019.

The 190,000-sq ft distribution center currently employs more than 40

people and distributes Purina dog and cat food to retailers throughout

the southeast region. Purina's leading brands in the U.S. include

Purina ONE, Tidy Cats, Beneful, Friskies, Fancy Feast and Purina Pro


"We're thrilled to have the leading pet food company in the U.S. make

this kind of investment in Hartwell," said Brandon Johnson, Mayor of

Hartwell. "Purina's expansion here reinforces our actions to support

industry, agriculture and our continuing emphasis on workforce


Pat Masching, Purina's Vice President & Director of Manufacturing,

said, "We're excited to mark the completion of the first phase of this

project. Pet care is a growing part of Nestlé's business, and the

opening of the distribution center in Hartwell represents the first

step in Purina's journey to expand production capacity into Hartwell,

which will help us meet consumer demand."

Purina's expansion in Hartwell is one example of how the company is

making investments to grow the business and advance pet care. In 2018

alone, Purina will invest $500 million into its factories across the

U.S. for projects that support innovation and expansion.

With a total expected investment of $320 million by 2023, Purina's

Hartwell site will be among the most modern pet food factories and

feature best-in-class production equipment. Hartwell is Purina's

second facility in Georgia, where the company also employs 300 people

at its Atlanta pet food factory.

"Hartwell is a great place for Purina to grow as we continue

delivering best-in-class quality and nutrition and driving innovation

that helps pets live happier, healthier lives," said Rachel Miller,

Site Manager for Purina in Hartwell. "We're grateful for the support

of the community, our new employees and their families as we

officially begin our operations here."

In Hartwell, Purina will employ approximately 240 people by 2023.

Future job openings include positions in administration, production,

engineering, maintenance and more. Job seekers can visit

PurinaJobs.com/HartwellOpening to learn more and be among the first

notified when new positions are posted.

About Nestlé Purina PetCare Company Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes

responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond

between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet

products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a

global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.