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BOISE -- A new company is bringing jobs to the Boise area.

Central Garden & Pet Company is opening a center that will provide processing services for the company. The company markets and produces lawn and garden products, as well as pet supplies.

We are pleased to locate our center in Boise as it offers considerable advantages, including its experienced and skilled workforce, ease of doing business, and low cost profile, said Lori Varlas, Chief Financial Officer. We are appreciative of the collaboration and support we have received from the Boise Valley Economic Partnership, the Idaho Department of Labor, and the Boise office of KPMG in helping us make this important decision.

They will begin recruiting immediately and expect to be fully staffed with in the next two years.

A statement went out to the media saying the company planned to hire from 250 to 400 workers. However, that was later revised and officials say the number of people the company is looking for is unclear at this time.

The company will operate out of building at 9390 W. Golden Trout in Boise.

Boise was competing with other cities to attract Central Garden & Pet Company.

The company's corporate headquarters are based in Walnut Creek, California.

For more information go to: www.central.com.

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