On Thursday, the North Carolina Department of Commerce announced a new manufacturing addition to the state’s economy. The Crump Group, a Canadian-based pet treat manufacturer, will be building their first U.S. factory in the state. The $13.2 million manufacturing and distribution center will be located in Nashville, N.C., and is expected to create 160 new jobs in the area. It’s anticipated that it will also grow the state’s economy by $650.5 million.
“Eastern North Carolina is perfect for this Canadian company’s first manufacturing facility in the United States,” said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. “We have great workers, an excellent transportation network, the best sweet potatoes in the world along with other raw materials, and we love our pets.”
Located in Ontario, the family-run Crump Group is known for its all-natural, limited-ingredient air-dried pet treat products. These products are sold in pet specialty, grocery, and supermarkets under several different brands, with one of the most popular being Crumps’ Naturals.
According to the N.C. Department of Commerce, Crump Group has been using N.C.-grown sweet potatoes in their products for several years. By building its new factory in the state, the company will significantly streamline its access to this key ingredient. It’ll also help accelerate growth for the business, thanks to it being strategically located on the East Coast.
Margot Crump, chief executive officer of The Crump Group, said that the company is “thrilled with the opportunity to make North Carolina our home in the USA…Knowing that ‘Made in the USA’ resonates with American consumers provides a great deal of incentive to continue our growth trajectory with this expansion. When considering options as to where to locate, it was an easy decision thanks to the state’s proactive approach in attracting new business.”