Targeted Pet Treats of Warren on state’s ‘Jobs That Pay’ Tour

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (SCED) Secretary Dennis Davin and Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding participated in a ‘Jobs that Pay’ tour at Warren’s Targeted Pet Treats, a private label manufacturer of products for the pet care industry on Monday.

“p1″>”Targeted Pet Treats is a part of a trend that we are continuing to see in the commonwealth: manufacturing companies are choosing Pennsylvania as the best place to grow their businesses. In fact, today, Pennsylvania’s $85 billion manufacturing industry is the eighth-largest largest of its kind in the United States. More than 560,000 people are employed by nearly 20,000 manufacturing employers throughout the commonwealth,” said Secretary  Davin. “We applaud Targeted Pet Treats for its decisions to call Pennsylvania home and commend the company for its continued growth, commitment to job creation, and significant contributions to the state’s economic well-being.”

“p1″>”Food safety — for animals as well as humans — is central to our mission,” said Secretary Redding. “Americans spend more than $20 billion on pet food each year, and that’s a significant growth opportunity for Pennsylvania’s economy.”  Partnering with the Governor’s Action Team — a group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania — in collaboration with the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry (WCCBI), Targeted Pet Treats will expand operations at its existing facility in Warren.

The company has committed to investing $3.4 million in the project, which will create 115 new, full-time jobs over the next three years and retain 146 existing employees statewide.

“p1″>”The tour went great. We had representation from both of the secretaries’ offices as well as Senator Hutchinson and Rep. Rapp in attendance,” said Targeted General Manager Greg Austin. “We talked about the growth and expansion projects we are wrapping up at the end of this year and how we are preparing for a great 2017. We showed the group all  of the new equipment and confirmed for them that we were tasked to hire 115 full time employees.  We actually exceeded that number and, since receiving the State grant in Feb., we have hired 175 full time TPT employees.”

“We are honored to host a visit by both Secretary Redding and Secretary Davin,” said Austin. “The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s support, along with Northwest Bank and the Warren County Chamber of (Business and Industry), has been pivotal in Targeted Pet Treats being able to meet the demands of our customers and provide so many jobs in Northwestern PA.”

In August, the company received a funding proposal from DCED that included a $150,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $75,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, $230,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and $51,750 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.  The company was also encouraged to apply for a $1 million low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority for machinery and equipment.

Targeted Pet Treats, a private label manufacturer of injection molded dental hygiene dog treats and toys for pets, was established in Warren in 2000 with a commitment to deliver competitive, reliable, and safe products through sustainable and environmentally responsible operations.

In addition to its dog snack and pet toy lines, Targeted Pet Treats has partnered with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition to diversifying its offerings by creating innovative injection molded products for the pet pharmaceutical industry.

The “Jobs that Pay” tour is an effort by state agencies to promote good-paying, family-sustaining jobs and career-paths available to job-seekers across the commonwealth, and to listen and learn from employers and employees about workforce development needs.