Small-town living has its list of great benefits, like traffic-free commutes to the office, smaller schools, and having that true family feel every day. Living in Crete and working for Nestlé Purina offers the perfect opportunity for a big career in a small town.
The city of Crete is a rural community located along the banks of the Big Blue River in the southeast corner of Nebraska and inhabited by nearly 7,000 people. Nestlé Purina is one of four large manufacturers within this city alongside 150 other retail, service and professional businesses in the area.
Before this manufacturing facility became part of Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, it was owned by ALPO Petfoods, Inc. (built in 1965), and first introduced cat food in 1988. To date, Purina's Crete factory is one of the largest wet pet food manufacturing facilities in the U.S. employing over 400 associates and mass-producing three to four million cans of pet food per day. This factory produces the wet varieties of several of our Purina brands, including Alpo, PurinaONE, Pro Plan, Friskies and Purina Veterinary Diets.
With the city of Lincoln just 25 miles away, many of our associates find convenience in living in the Lincoln area and working in Crete. For those who do live in Crete, they enjoy some of the city's highlights, such as the Spring Garden Show, Riverside Music Festival, Saline County Fair and the Children's Halloween Parade. Also a small-town favorite is the 130-acre park space for a variety of recreational activities, including picnic shelters, tennis/basketball courts, swimming pools, athletic fields, roller skating and playground areas.
So, why Lincoln, NE? If you're looking for a city larger than Crete (population: approx. 258,379) that still offers an affordable cost of living, this may make for your ideal humble abode. Lincoln offers a wide variety of local restaurants unique to its area and attracts residents and visitors from all across the U.S. because of its large universities in such close proximity.
Have you ever considered a career in manufacturing? Or how about living in the Midwest?