Pet Food Facility Expands In Jefferson

Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, which feeds more than 46 million dogs and 68 million cats every year, is expanding its production facility in Jefferson.

This is a $195 million project that aims to bring an additional 100 jobs to the community it has called home since 1910.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is supporting the project by authorizing up to $1.7 million in tax credits over the next five years. The actual amount of tax credits Purina will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment during that period.

Purina’s $195 million project will increase the production of wet pet food brands in Jefferson by nearly 50 percent, including Pro Plan, Fancy Feast, and Beneful IncrediBites. The project will add 35,000 square feet to the facility. Purina has operated in Jefferson for nearly 115 years and employs more than 250 locals.

“Nestlé Purina is an iconic global brand whose continued investment in Wisconsin underscores our state’s ability to compete on the world stage,” says WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes. “This is a huge win for our state and for the people of Jefferson and surrounding communities.”

The city of Jefferson has created a tax incremental financing district providing up to $2 million in assistance to the company for project costs over 20 years.

“The expansion of Nestlé Purina’s facility is a testament to the strong relationship between our city and the business community,” says Jefferson Mayor Dale Oppermann. “We applaud Nestlé Purina for its continued investment in Jefferson, which will enhance our economic vitality and create a more promising future for all who call our city home.”