The Henry County Development Authority announced recently that Minneapolis-based consumer food maker and marketer General Mills will invest $8.5 million in its new state-of-the-art distribution facility on Westridge Parkway in McDonough.

According to a news release, the project will create more than 50 new jobs.

Following the company’s acquisition of Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc. earlier this year, the company is also a natural pet food manufacturer and marketer.

“Blue Buffalo is the No. 1 wholesome natural pet food brand in the U.S. and we are pleased to be expanding with the addition of the facility in McDonough,” Billy Bishop, president of General Mills’ pet segment, said in a statement.

The 408,000-square-foot McDonough facility will distribute Blue Buffalo products throughout the Southeast.

“With the addition of Blue Buffalo to our community, Henry County has shown once again that we are a great place for business,” Henry County Chair June Wood said in a statement. “We are thankful for the company’s investment and job creation. The county has outstanding food companies for people and now we have the premier food company for pets.”

Development authority chair David Gill said he and his colleagues are pleased with the company and its new line.

“They are a great addition to the outstanding food related production and logistics operations in Henry County,” he said in a statement.

The release stated the company generated fiscal 2018 consolidated net sales of $15.7 billion.

The development authority works to help retain local companies and to foster new relationships and opportunities with companies looking to relocate or grow their operations.

Information: www.ChooseHenry.com

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