Nestlé Purina PetCare Company plans to open a factory and distribution centre in Georgia, US, with the plant to create as many as 240 new jobs over the next five years.

The site will be Purina’s 21st factory in the States and the first new factory there in 20 years. The company plans to invest $320 million (CHF 310m) in the facility between now and 2023.

It will help Purina continue its strategy of expanding capacity and distribution in the South-East of the US, while the investment is in line with Nestlé’s strategy to increasingly focus capital spending on advancing the high-growth food and beverage categories of coffee, petcare, infant nutrition and bottled water.

Distribution centre operations are expected to begin in 2018, with production to follow in 2019.