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Hill’s Pet Nutrition announces the official opening of its new manufacturing facility in Emporia, Kansas

Facility to produce Hill’s Prescription Diet® and Science Diet® brand pet foods

TOPEKA, KANSAS (December 10, 2010) – Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., the global leader in pet nutrition, today announced the official opening of its new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Emporia, Kansas. The new plant is producing market-leading Hill's® Prescription Diet® and Hill's® Science Diet® dry pet food for the U.S. and 90 markets globally.

“Kansas has been part of the Hill’s history for more than 60 years and today we are proud to announce that we have expanded our presence here to help support our growth plans,” said Neil Thompson, President and CEO, Hill’s Pet Nutrition. “The Emporia community gives us a talented workforce and solid infrastructure, and we appreciate the support we received from Emporia and the state of Kansas during our plans to build our new facility.”

"As Kansas continues on the road to recovery, we're glad to see great companies like Hill's Pet Nutrition recognize our strong workforce, quality infrastructure and great business climate," said Governor Mark Parkinson. "This expansion will greatly benefit the Emporia community and the Kansas economy as we build up the bioscience industry and our Global Animal Health Corridor."

Hill’s brands are the number one choice of veterinarians for their own pets, offering precisely-balanced nutrition for companion animals. The new facility in Emporia will help meet the growing demand for Hill’s products worldwide and currently employs more than 100 people.

In addition to the new manufacturing plant in Emporia, Hill’s has three other locations in Topeka: the Company’s global headquarters, the Pet Nutrition Center and its canned pet food manufacturing facility.

The new 500,000 square-foot facility was designed to meet the highest environmental building and performance standards for water efficiency, energy and atmosphere and indoor environmental quality. The facility’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is pending.

“Our new Emporia facility reflects our commitment to manufacturing high quality products,” said Jim Vaughn, Emporia Plant Manager, Hill’s Pet Nutrition. “Our new plant is environmentally sound and will assist Hill’s in leading the premium segment of the pet food market worldwide.”

Hill’s Pet Nutrition sells Hill's® Prescription Diet®, Hill's® Science Diet® and Hill's® Science Plan™ pet food in more than 90 countries. Hill’s currently operates seven manufacturing plants; five in the United States, one in the Netherlands and one in the Czech Republic. The plant in Hustopece, Czech Republic opened in 2009 and is LEED certified.

For more information on Hill’s Pet Nutrition, please visit www.HillsPet.com.

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About Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc. manufactures Hill’s® Prescription Diet® brand pet foods, therapeutic pet foods available only through veterinarians, and Hill’s® Science Diet® brand pet foods sold through veterinarians and finer pet specialty stores. Founded more than 60 years ago with a unique commitment to pet nutrition and well-being, Hill’s is committed to its mission to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. Hill’s produces high-quality, great-tasting pet foods owners can trust and give to their canine and feline companions as part of a veterinary health care team recommendation. This ultimately improves patient health and the health of the practice. For more information about Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc., and Hill’s Evidence-Based Clinical Nutrition™ visit HillsPet.com.

Contact:
Edisa Chacin
Edisa_Chacin@hillspet.com

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