Mars Pet Care USA, a subsidiary of food producer Mars Inc., announced that it will be expanding its pet food production in Portland, Indiana.
Mars, which currently manufactures dog biscuits at its Jay County facility, will invest more than $12 million to add multiple production lines to manufacture and package dry pet food products under the brand names of Pedigree, Whiskas, Sheba and others.
The investment and more than doubling of the company’s 50-person workforce in Portland comes nearly a year after Mars purchased the facility as part of its acquisition of former plant owner Doane Pet Care.
“The expansion of our Portland facility will fill a vital role in strengthening Mars’ pet food production network,” said Doug Reed, manager of Mars’ Portland production facility.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered the company up to $565,000 in performance-based tax credits and up to $40,000 in training grants. The City of Portland offered the company property tax abatement worth $325,000 and $48,250 in training assistance.
Source: Press release