It was dubbed “Project Jingle” by the Joint Economic Development Organization of Topeka and Shawnee County—JEDO—for short.
On Wednesday evening, economic development officials revealed the project lead to a $20 million expansion plan from Hills Pet Nutrition to its global pet nutrition center at 1035 N.E. 43rd St in north Topeka.
JEDO officials said the move will result in six additional full-time jobs at the nutrition center. The facility is tucked away in a pastoral setting near 43rd St. and NE Meriden Rd, where animals can be seen roaming the property.
The net gain, officials said, would be nearly $56 million for the Topeka area. The project had been in the works since last year. Part of the deal will allow local governments to provide financial incentives to Hills.
Hill’s has been part of the local economy since the 1940’s when the company began canning its pet food in Topeka.