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Royal Canin Awarded Funds for Expansion, New Production Line

January 20, 2022

PIERRE, SD – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced that global leader in pet health nutrition, Royal Canin, will invest $185 million for new production lines at their facility in North Sioux City. This investment would expand their existing building and create 149 new, full-time associate jobs, adding to the more than 380 current positions.

“I applaud Royal Canin’s continued investment in North Sioux City with this expansion,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “We are proud to provide a business climate that can help companies like Royal Canin grow and succeed.”

To support this investment GOED has awarded the company a $3,950,145 RPP (Reinvestment Payment Program) grant. The grant funding was approved by the Board of Economic Development.

Cecile Coutens, President, Royal Canin North America, shared, “Over the past two years, the country experienced a boom in pet ownership and heightened focus on pets’ health. Royal Canin is seeing significant growth as a result. We want to continue to invest in our business to support these pets, their owners, and our professional partners. We already know what an incredible place the North Sioux City community is and are thrilled to expand our presence here.”

This investment marks an additional commitment to the community since Royal Canin began local expansion six years ago.

“Back in 2016, Royal Canin decided to build a new state-of-the-art facility. Since then, they’ve continued to invest in their facility and this project is just the latest commitment to North Sioux City and South Dakota. We are pleased we could partner with them on their continued growth,” said GOED Commissioner Steve Westra.

Andrew Nilges, Executive Director of the North Sioux City Development Corporation, added, “Royal Canin is an innovative company and a valued member of the North Sioux City business community. Their products are known and trusted by pet owners around the world. North Sioux City is appreciative of Royal Canin choosing to expand here and are proud to collaborate with them on their expansion project.”

The region continues to attract businesses, including Royal Canin, to further foster a thriving economy with numerous job opportunities for area residents.

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