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Nestlé Purina PetCare invested an estimated $450 million to open a new factory in Eden, N.C. to meet increasing demand for its pet foods. 

The expansion is part of a broader growth plan for Purina that began last year with the grand opening of the company's newest wet pet food factory and distribution center in Hartwell, Ga. The new Eden factory will join Purina's network of 21 existing manufacturing locations across the U.S. and will become operational in 2022.

The factory will reside on 1,300-plus acres near the border of North Carolina and Virginia and be approximately 1.3 million square feet in size. Purina plans to employ more than 300 people at its new factory location by 2024 while also increasing its use of third party employment and local and regional economic development. Many of the jobs at Purina's new factory will include professional staff, production operators, technical staff and engineers. 

"Eden is Purina's first manufacturing operation in North Carolina, and through this expansion we build on our more than 90-year history of making science-based dog and cat foods that pet owners trust," said Nina Leigh Krueger, president, Nestlé Purina U.S. "...This strategic and long-term investment demonstrates our commitment to providing high-quality nutrition for pets. We're thankful for the great partnership at the state and local levels, and we are excited to be a part of this community now and for many years to come."