Rockingham County Animal Shelter Receives Donation from Nestlé Purina

Yummmm! Thank you Nestlé Purina!

Rockingham County, NC (February 24, 2021) – Just months after announcing plans to expand its manufacturing operations in North Carolina, Nestlé Purina PetCare is supporting Rockingham County Animal Shelter by donating 100 pet shelter blankets and more than 3,700 pounds of dry dog food, wet cat food, and cat litter to nourish the animals cared for in the region.

“Each month, the Rockingham County Animal Shelter uses $1,200 in basic need items for the pets in the shelter,” stated Brittany Flynn, Rockingham County Animal Shelter Director. “We are always in need of cat litter, canned cat food, and dry dog food. This donation from Purina will definitely ease the financial burden we often have when caring for these sweet pets, especially as we move into our busy season.”

The Rockingham County Animal Shelter began operations in 2011 and has been busting at the seams since opening its doors. While much of its operating costs are covered through yearly budget provided by Rockingham County, the shelter relies heavily on community support and donations to care for the over 5,000 animals each year.

“At Purina, we are passionate about supporting the communities where we live and work and know that organizations like Rockingham County Animal Shelter are vital to bringing pets and people together,” said Will Steiner, Purina Factory Manager in Eden. “We are excited to continue making connections in Rockingham County and finding ways to positively impact the region.”

Renovations continue as Purina works to revitalize a former brewery in Eden, transforming it into an innovative, technically advanced pet food manufacturing facility scheduled to open in 2022. Plans call for Purina to invest $450 million to renovate the existing structure and produce leading dry dog and cat food brands, including Purina Pro Plan, Purina ONE and Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets. By 2024, Purina plans to employ more than 300 people at this location. To view and apply for positions at Purina’s new factory, please visit To receive alerts and updates on new available positions, visit

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Trade & Industry Development Honors 2021 CiCi Award Winners

Trade & Industry Development Honors 2021 CiCi Award Winners

Trade & Industry Development, a leading publication dedicated to site selection for businesses, has named the winners of its 2021 Corporate Investment/Community Impact Awards (CiCi Awards). 

This is the 15th year the publication has honored projects around the country that promise — through extensive capital investment or influential community impact — to help shape the communities in which they are located, and in which they continue to develop and grow. Trade & Industry Development’s CiCi Awards honor 30 projects — 15 in the “Corporate Investment” category and 15 in the “Community Impact” category. All the winners are projects that were announced in both 2019 and 2020. (The years were combined due to delays caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, both in the projects themselves as well as the magazine’s production schedule.) 

“We received hundreds of nominations for our Cici Awards, and each one represented a bright spot in a difficult and challenging year,” said Trade & Industry Development Publisher Scott Swoger. “We read each one carefully in our effort to single out 30 winning projects, but all of them had admirable merit. Our final winner’s list is an excellent mix of high achieving projects at major international corporations as well as smaller, local companies. By deciding to locate or expand in a certain area, these companies, and the economic development agencies that guided the projects, helped to shape the community and the economies where they’re located.” 

The Corporate Investment winners have all pledged large economic development investments, while the Community Impact winners promise to have a transformational effect on the communities in which they’re located. The 30 award-winning projects represent combined capital investment of nearly $33 billion. The number of direct jobs created totals 35,400, with countless more indirect positions associated with these projects. 

Each of the 30 winners is featured in Trade & Industry Development’s “CiCi Awards Issue 2021,” which is available now in print and online at 

2021 CiCi Awards—Corporate Investment 

• Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Maricopa County, AZ 
• Grön Fuels, East Baton Rouge Parish, LA 
• Steel Dynamics Inc., San Patricio County, TX 
• General Motors, St. Charles County, MO 
• Ultium Cells, LLC, Trumbull County, OH 
• Ford Motor Company, Wayne County, MI 
• Nucor, Meade County, KY 
• Tesla, Travis County, TX 
• Centene Corp., Mecklenburg County, NC 
• Facebook, Inc. d/b/a Goldframe, LLC, DeKalb County, IL 
• Google, Ellis County, TX 
• Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Rockingham County, NC 
• Allison Transmission, Inc., Marion County, IN 
• AW Texas, Inc., Guadalupe County, TX
• Mark Anthony Brewing, Richland County, SC 

2021 CiCi Awards—Community Impact 
• Tinker Air Force Sustainment Center, Oklahoma County, OK 
• Mastronardi, Clear Water Farms, LiDestri Food & Drink, GEM Opportunity Fund Zone, Hampton County, SC 
• New Blueprint Partners and Rabina, Clark County, WA 
• Amazon, Travis County, TX 
• Ross Stores, Inc., Waller County, TX 
• Vermeer Corp., Marion County, IA 
• AppHarvest, Rowan County, KY 
• Linear Labs, Tarrant County, TX 
• Lockheed Martin, Lawrence County, AL 
• Cedar Point Sports Center, Erie County, OH 
• Holley Performance Products, Warren County, KY 
• City of Wisconsin Dells – Riverwood Eagle’s Nest, Columbia County, WI 
• PAS MRO, Creek County, OK 
• Epic Piping, East Carroll Parish, LA 
• PeopleShores, Coahoma County, MS 

About Trade & Industry Development Produced four times a year, Trade & Industry Development is dedicated to site selection in a vertical format. As the only publication of its kind, T&ID reaches more decision makers per industry than any other publication dealing with site selection. Editorial, both in the magazine, online at and through targeted newsletters, is geared to executive decision makers with pertinent, useful site selection and business knowledge for their market. T&ID also has extensive digital marketing and integrated marketing capabilities.

About Due North Media Due North Media, a division of Due North Consulting, Inc., is a niche business-to-business publisher providing media services to executives within specialized vertical markets impacting economic development including corporate site selection, business development, market-to-market events and sports tourism via publications, digital media, qualified list marketing and custom publishing. Founded in 2001, Due North Consulting, Inc. has helped niche marketers obtain their goals for a decade and a half. The principals of the company have over 40 years of business-to-business advertising and marketing experience. It has been their mission to serve readers, clients and employees with integrity, humility, and a continuing quest for the achievement of excellence.

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EPA Approves Albaad Cleanitize™ Innovation to Kill the Virus that Causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2


REIDSVILLE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Albaad Massuot Yitzhak Ltd. (TASE: ALBA), a leading global manufacturer of wipes and personal care products, announced today U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved SARS-CoV-2 Claims for itsCleanitize™ Disinfecting wipes.

Albaad created Cleanitize, using its proprietary spunlace fabric and innovative liquid formula manufactured in-house. Consumers now have access to a wipe that kills the virus that causes COVID-19. This product will help meet the ongoing demand of families, communities, schools, businesses, and healthcare facilities.

Albaad’s Cleanitize™ cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting wipes receive EPA approval to kill the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2. The exceptional product quality and innovative materials were designed to support wellness and happiness for consumers and health care workers. (Photo: Business Wire)

“We pride ourselves on our exceptional product quality that incorporates innovative materials and formulations with top-of-the-line quality,” said Dan Mesika, Albaad CEO. “The EPA’s approval recognizes that Cleanitize wipes are effective against the virus that causes COVID-19.”

Cleanitize was developed with a focus on innovation to deliver the following consumer benefits:

  • Kills 99.9% of the virus that causes COVID-19* (SARS-CoV-2), when used as directed on hard, non-porous surfaces – as tested by a third-party laboratory and approved for EPA’s List N.
  • Disinfects and Cleans – for the ultimate cleaning experience, is bleach free with no chemical smell. Leaves a fresh, clean scent.
  • Easy to Use – The thick, quality fabric tackles even the toughest jobs with ease and provides the user a trusting confidence of a job well done.

“We are proud to offer Made in the USA products under the Cleanitize brand and utilize our global infrastructure from development to manufacturing, and all steps in between,” said Jim Peliotes, Albaad US President. “Our innovative wipes and other products continue our mission of supporting health and happiness for consumers and health care workers.”

EPA Approved

List N products are registered by the EPA and meet the Agency’s criteria for use against the virus* that causes COVID-19 (*SARS-CoV-2) on hard, non-porous surfaces. Before products can legally make claims that they can kill a particular pathogen such as SARS-CoV-2, the claim must be authorized by the EPA based on a rigorous testing process and stringent review of data. Cleanitze can be found HERE on the List N, EPA approved products, (Cleanitize EPA Reg No. 75459-1).

World Leading Manufacturing and Partnership

Albaad has world-leading production facilities with dedicated R&D and sustainability teams who bring game-changing solutions to address consumers’ needs. They leverage their knowledge and know-how to push what’s possible to deliver high quality product with speed to market and in a cost-effective manner. Partnering with Tach-Group ( as Albaad’s exclusive Distributor of the Cleanitize and Safe & Soft®brands, together they offer a wide variety of other cleaning, personal care wipes, and feminine hygiene products for the entire family. Cleanitize and Safe & Soft can be found across retail channels, servicing JanSan as well as Hospitals and Healthcare.

About Albaad

We’re Albaad. We’re a health and wellness company with more than 35 years of experience in the industry. As one of the largest, and vertically integrated, producers of wipes and feminine hygiene products in the world, Albaad is committed to delivering excellent-performance wipes and personal care products designed for every need. To meet our goals, we have world-leading production facilities on three continents, each equipped with the latest technologies. We have a robust and proven supply chain in place guaranteeing safe products, even in times of global high demand. We have a dedicated research and development team that is constantly driving new innovation through our entire product creation process. Visit for more information.


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Erin Patterson
Albaad Media Relations

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