Purina's $550 million dry pet food facility progresses in Ohio

This is the first project Purina has constructed from the ground up since 1975, and the company expects the Williamsburg Township facility to be fully operational in the next 12 months.

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The new dry pet food facility in Williamsburg Township, Ohio, is the first project Purina has constructed from the ground up since 1975.
The new dry pet food facility in Williamsburg Township, Ohio, is the first project Purina has constructed from the ground up since 1975.
Nestlé Purina PetCare

NestlĂ© Purina PetCare offered a progress update on its new dry pet food facility being constructed in Williamsburg Township, Ohio. 

Announced in 2020, the US$550 million, 1.3 million-square-foot operation -- the first project Purina has constructed from the ground up since 1975 -- is equipped  with the best innovation and thinking to make production and logistics as streamlined and efficient as possible, said the company.

Conveyers were recently installed inside the more than 10-story structure, with more equipment installation, fitting and testing on the horizon.Conveyers were recently installed inside the more than 10-story structure, with more equipment installation, fitting and testing on the horizon.Nestlé Purina PetCare

One innovation example is the automated warehousing system. Conveyors were recently installed inside the more than 10-story structure, with more equipment installation, fitting and testing to come. There are also several digital and automated technologies being incorporated into the production process to protect employees and products.

A signature feature of the new facility will be the Manufacturing Experience Center, which is being designed to help educate local leaders, community partners and special visitors on Purina’s manufacturing process. The space will be used to help demystify manufacturing and showcase the various skilled trades and digital-focused practices embraced in today’s processes, said the company.

The new facility is expected to produce leading dry dog and cat food brands, including Purina Pro Plan, Purina ONE and Dog Chow. 

Purina expects the facility to be fully operational in the next 12 months.

By the numbers

  • 23,000 yards or 2,875 truck loads of concrete
  • Nearly 82,000 total feet of pipe (equaling 15 total miles)
  • 351,000 tons of stone (equal to 14,000 semitruck loads)
  • 3,600 geo piers installed
  • 13,800 tons of structural steel (less than total combined structural steel in Cincinnati’s tallest building – Great America Tower – and Paycor Stadium, home of the Bengals; total structural steel for those two projects is 14,900 tons)The new facility was designed with the latest innovation to streamline production and logistics and make operations as efficient as possible.The new facility was designed with the latest innovation to streamline production and logistics and make operations as efficient as possible.NestlĂ© Purina PetCare
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