Hi-Tek Rations plans $1.5 million expansion in Laurens County

Dublin-based pet-food manufacturer Hi-Tek Rations said Tuesday it’s planning a $1.5 million expansion that will create 30 jobs.

The new operation should be up and running in three to six months, company President Leonard Powell said.

“Business is great. We’re running seven days a week,” said Powell. “We’re expanding internationally and domestically.”

Hi-Tek opened in Laurens County in 1989 and found it “an outstanding environment for growth,” Powell said.

The company currently employs about 80 people. It bought an adjacent 30,000-square-foot facility on Industrial Boulevard and is moving equipment in to start production of a new line of dog food, Powell said. The facility also will be renovated to include an area to welcome clients.

Hi-Tek makes private label and branded pet food products, including the “Intimidator” and “Good Dog” lines. Hi-Tek will launch a new line, “Perfectly Natural,” in April.

The expansion will almost double current production, according to a news release from state officials.

“Companies like Hi-Tek Rations are the backbone of Georgia’s economy,” Ken Stewart, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, said in the release. “It is particularly pleasing to see them not only succeeding but growing in Georgia. “Our existing industries are the key to our economic recovery, ensuring more jobs for Georgians and investment in our communities,” Stewart said.

Guy Cochran, chairman of the Dublin Laurens Development Authority, said local officials look forward to the company’s “future success.”

“We are tremendously excited to be able to partner with our longtime friends, Leonard and Sue Powell, in the expansion of their business, Hi-Tek Rations,” Cochran said in the news release. “The ability to grow their company and create new jobs in this tough economy is a testament to their business acumen.”