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Hill's picks Emporia for pet food plant

Hill's Pet Nutrition announced that it would build a 28,000 m2 plant in Emporia, the third pet food plant to locate in this city in Kansas, USA.

The dry pet food plant brings with it more than 100 manufacturing jobs and will be located on an 32 ha site just south of Norfolk Iron and Metal and the new REG biodiesel plant in western Emporia. Emporia beat out several other sites, including Hill's headquarters city of Topeka, to land the plant.

"Kansas has been home to Hill's for more than 60 years and we look forward to expanding our presence here to support the continuing growth of our business," company president Justin Skala said in a prepared statement. "This was a rigorous year-long process and we greatly appreciate the assistance we received from state and local officials."

Overall, the company said, more than a dozen sites were considered. Hill's will continue to operate its global headquarters, pet nutrition center and canned food manufacturing plant in Topeka, where it employs 850 people.

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