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Hill’s plans $20 million expansion to Shawnee County plant

February 14, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Hill’s Pet Nutrition plans to spend $20 million to expand its plant in Shawnee County during the next two years.

The expansion announced Wednesday by economic development leaders will create only six new jobs, which reduced the incentives given to the company for expansion of its Pet Nutrition Center.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Hill’s was originally offered a maximum incentive for $212,000, but that dropped to $196,000 when the number of created jobs decreased from 12 to six.

The Joint Economic Development Organization approved the contract Wednesday.

The expansion of the Pet Nutrition Center will allow the company to do nutritional research on the animals kept there. The center currently holds 900 cats and dogs.

The six new jobs are for animal research technicians.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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