Freshpet Plans Manufacturing Expansion
Freshpet, Inc. will expand its manufacturing capacity at its campus in Hanover Township, Northampton County, Pa. The expansion includes the renovation of an existing 50,000 square foot building and a 90,000 square-foot addition.
The $100 million strategic capital investment is expected to support Freshpet’s growth in the U.S., Canada and Europe by creating total capacity for approximately $540 million in net sales from the facility. The facility “Freshpet Kitchens 2.0” will make greater use of automation to improve quality, safety and reduce costs, according to company officials. Production start-up is slated for the second half of 2020, subject to the timing of permits and construction.
“Freshpet is changing the way people feed their pets. The rapid growth of the Freshpet brand behind our Feed the Growth strategy requires us to bring online additional capacity by mid-to-late 2020 to support our continued growth and enable us to serve more pets,” said Billy Cyr, Freshpet’s CEO. “It also allows us to provide more career opportunities for the dedicated and talented employees who have helped deliver the success we have had so far. We are very excited to have the opportunity to further advance our manufacturing expertise and expand our Freshpet Kitchens campus in Pennsylvania with the support of our local and state governments.”
The facility expansion will result in the addition of at least 100 new manufacturing and support jobs over the next three years and up to a total of 200 new jobs once running at full capacity, officials said. Today, approximately 221 Freshpet employees are working on manufacturing, research and development (R&D), and other support roles on the Freshpet campus. Freshpet also expects the manufacturing expansion to increase the purchase of locally produced ingredients by approximately two-thirds and support additional jobs at local third-party warehousing and logistics providers. The facility will also include R&D space and a pilot plant facility to enable test runs of new products.
Freshpet’s planned expansion is being supported by state and local governments, including: Northampton County Industrial Development Authority Job Creation Grant; Pennsylvania First Program Grant; Pennsylvania Job Creation Tax Credits; Pennsylvania Manufacturing Tax Credits and the Pennsylvania Workforce Development and PA Career Link training and education support.