Nestle Purina PetCare: Investing in the future
16 Feb 2020
The Nestle Purina PetCare factory in Fort Dodge had a “busy” 2019, according to factory manager Mark Layton.
“And not just making nutritious cat and dog food, which we do day in and day out at this facility,” Layton said.
Nestle Purina purchased a plot of land on First Avenue South, where the strip mall that houses Godfather’s Pizza is located, in 2019.
“We don’t actually have any current plans set for that property,” Layton said. “It does position us well for growth should a future opportunity arise, but for right now, there’s no current plans set.”
Nestle Purina also finished a major project on its grounds replacing its wastewater pre-treatment facility.
“The point of that investment is to update the technology and the actual equipment,” Layton said.
The plant had always had a pre-treatment facility, but moved to a new one when it was time to update the equipment.
“That was a major project last year, including a lot of different infrastructure projects on the inside of the plant,” Layton said. “I think it’s good we’re investing in the long term here in Fort Dodge because we’re taking care of our infrastructure.”
“Near and dear” to Layton’s heart in 2019 was the Women in Manufacturing event that Nestle Purina co-hosted with Iowa Central last fall. It was an outreach opportunity for Nestle Purina to go out into the community and talk about career opportunities for women in the manufacturing industry.
“As a company, we believe in having a diverse workforce and that our factories should reflect the communities they operate in,” Layton said. “It was an easy choice for us to step up and really help out with that initiative.”
As the No. 1 pet care company in the United States, Nestle Purina feeds 55 million dogs a year and 67 million cats a year.
The Fort Dodge production facility currently employs around 225 local community members.