Hill’s Pet Nutrition invested $20 million to build this 25,000-square-foot nutrition facility that will focus on the needs of small dogs. The facility will also include a new Engagement Center for veterinarian and other pet caregiver engagement.
“With the new Small Paws Innovation Center, this great Kansas company has cemented its reputation and ours, as a leader in the Animal Health field,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “We’ll continue to support our businesses like Hill’s to grow the Animal Health Corridor and bring new jobs and expertise to our state.”
Today, more than half of the dogs in the U.S. are small and miniature, and the percentage is growing. Small dogs have different needs compared to larger breeds, making focused research necessary for the manufacture of products best for those dogs.
“Animal health and bioscience are at the forefront of our state’s investments in the future,” Lt. Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “The Kansas Framework for Growth outlines how our state can emphasize our existing advantages, like the Animal Health Corridor, and maximize them to create and attract new growth and innovation in the future. This new Hill’s expansion is an example of that process working.”
The Animal Health Corridor is currently the single largest concentration of animal health interests in the world. The corridor is home to more than 300 companies conducting research and producing veterinary pharmaceuticals, specialized food for livestock and pets and much more.