Prairie Dog Pet Products gives new information on Abilene hiring event


ABILENE, Texas - New details about hundreds of jobs coming to Abilene were released at a news conference Friday for Prairie Dog Pet Products.

Representatives of Prairie Dog Pet Products were in town and said they hope to begin production of dog treats at its new Abilene plant by early February. President Claudia Goldfarb tells KTXS they will use the plant to launch a new line of freeze-dried pet food.

Before they start, they need to fill over 100 positions at a two-day job fair set for next week. Prairie Dog Pet Products plans to fill 500 positions throughout their time in Abilene.

"If you have a good work habit, or good work history, I think that is what Prairie Dog is looking for at this time because they are going to train the folks on what they need them to do," said Robert Puls, a representative with Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas.

Pay starts at around $9 per hour and managers could make up to $50,000 to $60,000 a year.

The company chose Abilene, in part, because of the $9.5 million in tax incentives it received.

"The incentives all come from the Development Corporation of Abilene, so there were no city tax abatement, county, school tax abatements. Historically that's the way Abilene has done it," said Executive Director of the Development Corporation of Abilene Kent Sharp.

The company will not have ownership of the building or land until it operates for eight years and invests $76 million in the Abilene facility.

The job fair will be held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at 500 Chestnut Street.