Posted: Dec. 4, 2012, 4:55 p.m. EST
Scott Pet Products Inc., a maker of natural dog chews and wild bird seed, will move its manufacturing and distribution operation from Tishomingo, Okla., to Newport, Ind., the Indiana Economic Development Corp. reported today.
Scott employs 110 people at its Rockville, Ind., headquarters and will create 80 jobs in Newport, which will house the company's beef and pork dog treat operations. The two locations are about 15 miles apart.
The plant is expected to open in January 2013.
“With the hard work of Hoosiers and the pro-growth environment we’ve created, we know that Scott Pet Products will join a growing list of successful relocations to Indiana,” said Gov. Mitch Daniels.
Scott Pet Products promotes Pork Chomps as a healthy pork skin alternative to rawhide.
Established in Avon, Ind., in 1975, Scott Pet Products manufactures and distributes more than 4,000 products, including collars, crates and sporting dog supplies.
“With a long history in Indiana, Scott Pet Products is a familiar name among pet owners,” said Michael Bassett, the company’s president. “We not only chose this location because of its close proximity to our corporate headquarters, but we have come to appreciate Indiana’s workforce and business-friendly environment.”
Indiana offered Scott Pet Products up to $70,000 in training grants based on the company’s job-creation plans. The state and the Vermillion County Economic Development Council provided additional incentives, including off-site infrastructure improvements.
“To see a regional company relocate its manufacturing operation from another state and expand in our industrial park is wonderful,” said Tom Milligan, vice president of the Newport Chemical Depot Reuse Authority. “This project will not only impact Vermillion County, but it has ramifications for the entire west-central Indiana region.”
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