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Hill’s Pet Nutrition Celebrates Official Opening of New Manufacturing Facility in Hustopeče, Czech Republic

Hustopeče, Czech Republic (April 7, 2010) — Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc., the global leader in pet nutrition, today celebrated the official opening of its new state-of-the-art, pet food manufacturing facility in Hustopeče, Czech Republic. The new plant is now producing market-leading Hill's® Prescription Diet® and Hill's® Science Plan™ pet food for Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.

"We want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to Hustopeče for welcoming Hill’s into the community and for helping us get off to a terrific start," said Neil Thompson, President and CEO, Hill’s Pet Nutrition. "We surveyed several areas in Europe for just the right location of our new plant. Hustopeče was selected after a comprehensive evaluation of criteria, including access to a talented workforce and proximity to transportation."

Hustopeče offers a strong and emerging business environment in which Hill’s could grow, Thompson said. The new facility is bringing nearly 100 new jobs to the area.

"We greatly appreciate Hill’s investment into our community," said Ing. Lubos Kuchynka, Hustopeče Mayor. "They are bringing better paying jobs and a substantial commitment to this area."

Hill’s Pet Nutrition placed high priority on ensuring that the Hustopeče facility would operate in a responsible and respectful manner and constructed the manufacturing plant to meet the highest environmental building and performance standards for water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. The new facility has qualified for globally recognized, U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

"This plant was built to meet the growing demand for Hill’s Pet Nutrition products in this region," said Mark Lukowiak, Hustopeče Plant Manager, Hill’s Pet Nutrition. "This new facility also reflects our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint when producing, packaging and distributing Hill’s products. We look forward to being a part of the community of Hustopeče - growing our business together and continuing our successful partnership with the City of Hustopeče and the Czech Republic for many years to come."

Hill’s Pet Nutrition offers Hill's® Prescription Diet®, Hill's® Science Diet® and Hill's® Science Plan™ pet food to more than 90 countries. Currently, Hill’s Pet Nutrition operates six manufacturing plants; four in the United States, one in the Netherlands, and our new facility in Hustopeče.

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.