DSM is planning to build a 70,000-sq-ft, next-generation nutritional premix plant in Tonganoxie, Kans., which will supply nutritional premixes for use in branded pet food products worldwide. Projected to break ground this July, the facility is expected to be fully operational early in 2025. It will create approximately 30 jobs.
The state-of-the-art facility will feature increased process automation for traceability and automated weight verification, while its precision micro-batching capability will allow the automated addition of a variety of ingredients to help the company create more offerings for the pet food industry.
The plant also will support the company’s sustainability initiatives, with automated mixing vessels that will reduce waste by decreasing flushes necessary for sequencing. It also will operate on 100% renewable electricity.
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“The pet food industry has been looking for a better source for the highest-quality, traceable, and reliable nutritional ingredients for their products, and we are thrilled to be able to deliver for the industry and for ‘pet parents’ with this new facility in Tonganoxie,” says DSM Co-CEO, Dimitri de Vreeze. “We appreciate the support of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, the Kansas Department of Commerce, the Leavenworth County Development Corporation, the City of Tonganoxie, Evergy, and the Animal Health Corridor in making this state-of-the-art facility a reality.”
“As the highest concentration of animal health assets in the world, the Kansas City region is home to a robust industry network, as well as abundant manufacturing and distribution resources,” adds Kimberly Young, president of the KC Animal Health Corridor. “The region continues to attract top companies in the industry, and we’re proud that DSM has selected the Corridor for this state-of-the-art, innovative new facility.”