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Pet Food Company Breaks Ground on $60M Treat Facility

It will employ 150 people.

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Rendering of Tuffy’s Pet Foods’ planned treat facility in Delano, MN.

Delano, MN, city officials  joined executives from Tuffy’s Pet Foods, CRB, Pinky Swear Foundation and Founding Fathers Pet Treats to celebrate the groundbreaking of Tuffy’s new pet treat facility on Aug. 7 in Delano.

Delano Mayor Dale Graunke kicked off the ceremony by discussing the impact the facility will have on his community. “Delano is open for business and our beautiful city couldn’t be more excited to have such a highly-respected family-owned company add jobs and vitality to Delano. We want Tuffy’s Pet Foods to feel as home in Delano as they do in Perham.”

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Twin Cities Business reports that the plant is a $60 million facility.

The 173,500-square-foot facility is slated to open in November 2020. It will feature two extrusion lines producing 9,000 pounds of semi-moist pet treats each hour and six packaging lines producing stand-up re-sealable pouches.

The plant will initially employ 50 people. The number of jobs will reach 150 when it hits capacity.

The facility will be constructed by Kansas City, MO-based CRB, a global consulting, design and construction services firm. It will be designed and built to achieve Green Globe Certification for sustainability.

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“Tuffy’s is committed to producing great products for four-legged family members,” said Charlie Nelson, president of Tuffy’s Pet Foods parent company KLN Family Brands. “We are equally committed to being a great corporate citizen and an important part of the Delano business community.”

Based in Perham, MN, Tuffy’s has been producing dry dog and cat food kibble for over 50 years. Tuffy’s currently produces kibble under its own national brands NutriSource, Pure Vita and Natural Planet as well as numerous co-manufactured products.

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