Hill’s breaks ground on doggie taste test center

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Hill’s Pet Nutrition is expanding its research facility in Topeka.

Local leaders joined Hill’s to break ground on a new research facility at its complex on NE 43rd.

“For generations, Hill’s people have been bring the best science to what we feed our pets, and we’re deeply proud of that,” said Noel Wallace, C.E.O. of Colgate.

The $20 million expansion will house dogs who will test food for their small paws food line.

“All they do is they eat the food, we observe what they like and what they don’t like and then they will services with whatever they need as they go through the year,” said Jesper Nordengaard, CEO of Hill’s.

The expansion, code named Project Jingle by Go Topeka, will bring six new jobs, and a nearly $30 million economic impact.

“Topeka is located right in the center of the animal health corridor. This is the stretch of 350 miles between Manhattan Kansas and Columbia Missouri that generates 56% of the total animal health diagnostics and pet food sales globally,” said Molly Howey, Senior Vice President of Go Topeka.

City leaders say Topeka was also picked because of the city’s efforts of revitalizing the community.

“We must continue doing the best that we can through our Momentum 2022 strategy. So that we can continue building the work force that Hills will need. Not only now, but in years to come as our partnership grows stronger,” said Mayor Michelle De La Isla.

Hill’s was founded in Topeka nearly 70 years ago and has three locations throughout the community. It is owned by parent company Colgate Palmolive.