Hill's Pet Nutrition intends to spend more than $250 million to build a new factory in Kansas.
The state-of-the-art facility will be built on 80 acres in Tonganoxie Business Park in Tonganoxie, Kan. The factory will feature the latest manufacturing technology and is expected to employ at least 80 people by 2025. The Tonganoxie City Council is scheduled to review the development agreement outlining the project at its meeting June 21. Once all approvals are granted, construction is expected to begin later this year and be completed by 2023.
The Tonganoxie plant will join four other Hill's manufacturing sites in the U.S., 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.
As with all of its manufacturing facilities, the company plans to certify the Tonganoxie factory under the Total Resource Use and Efficiency program for zero waste.
"Hill's Pet Nutrition is excited to be growing our roots in Kansas,” said Jesper Nordengaard, president of Hill's Pet Nutrition. “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.”