Blue Buffalo to Manufacture in Richmond, Ind.
Blue Buffalo Co. announced the construction of its new Heartland Pet Food manufacturing and R&D facility on 89 acres in Richmond, Ind.
“We are proud to be expanding our U.S. pet food manufacturing and R&D capabilities here in Richmond, Indiana,” said Bill Bishop, chairman and founder of Blue Buffalo. “Richmond and surrounding communities have both the people and the ‘can do’ attitude that it takes to help us meet the growing demand for natural pet food products.”
Heartland Pet Food in Richmond, a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Buffalo Co., will produce dry dog and cat food and become the second company-owned manufacturing facility for Blue Buffalo, with the first facility located in Joplin, Mo. The planned investment in Blue Buffalo’s Indiana location will be approximately $150 million dollars.
Construction is planned to begin in the second half of 2016 with production of Blue natural pet food expected to begin in 2018.
Blue Buffalo will begin to hire for selected positions in the first half of 2017 and will continue throughout 2017. The new jobs will include positions in food processing, food quality assurance and general management.