Freshpet Investing $264M In New Texas Manufacturing Facility

The new pet food manufacturing facility will create 427 new jobs in Ennis, TX with help from a Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant. 

Freshpet, Inc. will invest more than $264 million to build a new pet food manufacturing facility in Ennis, TX. Freshpet creates and produces fresh, natural refrigerated food for pets without the use of powders, preservatives, or additives. The New Jersey-based company’s newest facility will create 427 new jobs.

Freshpet project Ennis, TX
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“Like a growing number of pet parents, we believe that our dogs and cats are our family and they deserve fresh, healthy food to help them live their best lives,” said Billy Cyr, CEO of Freshpet. “Our third Freshpet Kitchen is in the perfect location to help us drive new innovation while making our food in a way that’s best for pets, people and the planet. We wanted the home of our next Kitchen to be a place that we would be proud to send our employees to live and work and Ennis blew us away with the compelling vision of their leadership, the ongoing investments they have made to their infrastructure, and the availability of top-notch talent to support our growth.”

A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant of $2,138,000 has been extended to Freshpet, Inc. Administered by the Economic Development and Tourism Division within the Office of the Governor, the TEF helps to strengthen the state’s economy and attract new jobs to communities across the state.

“Texas is proud to welcome Freshpet to our great state, and we are excited to see the impact their incredible investment will have in the Ennis community,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “The Lone Star State continues to attract companies like Freshpet for a reason — our economic model maximizes opportunity and minimizes stifling regulations, allowing businesses and our workforce to thrive. With companies like Freshpet choosing to invest in our great state, we will continue to secure a future of prosperity and opportunity for every Texan.”

“From the very beginning of this project there has been a great chemistry between Texas and Freshpet,” said City of Ennis Mayor, Angeline Juenemann. “Our values and commitment to a culture of live, work, and play are at the heart of everything we do. Ennis is the very best place in the world to call home, and we are very proud to have Freshpet as the newest member of our family.”

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