BLOOMFIELD, MO (KFVS) - The Purina factory located in Bloomfield, Missouri is expanding and with it comes new jobs for people in the area.
On Thursday, Feb. 21, Nestlé Purina announced the expansion of the factory where Tidy Cats brand cat litter is made.
Currently, a company spokesperson said Purina employs more than 3,500 people in Missouri. It has held a presence in Bloomfield since 1976.
The factory will add 110,000-square-feet to an already 500,000-square-foot space. This will lead to 30 new positions by mid-2020.
The company released information stating future job openings at the factory primarily include positions in production and maintenance. Job seekers can visit purinajobs.com/bloomfield to learn more and be among the first notified when new positions are posted.
The expansion represents a $115 million investment that will allow Purina to meet a growing demand from cat owners.
In 2018, the company said $180 million has been given to operations in Missouri. Purina also has a presence in Springfield, St. Joseph and St. Louis, where the company has been headquartered for 125 years.
Purina is the top employer in Bloomfield according to company officials. The factory supports the Scott County sheriff department’s K-9 unit with pet food as well as many area pet rescue organizations in the region with pet food and litter. The factory donated nearly 125,000 pounds of litter in 2018, company officials said.
When a new dog park opened in Poplar Bluff, company officials said the facility also contributed $15,000 in support of the opening. This helped provide benches, agility equipment and dog treats during its grand opening, and supports a variety of other local initiatives for pets, veterans and members of the community.