• Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Pet Food Maker Begins Construction of $260 Million Plant in Rushville – Indianapolis Business Journal

ByRandall B. Phelps

Sep 14, 2022

Diamond Pet Foods, based in Meta, Mo., opened a nearly $260 million manufacturing and distribution center in Rushville.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. said Wednesday that the 700,000 square foot facility will allow the company to increase production to customers throughout the Midwest. The company expects to create up to 170 jobs by the end of 2024 through this investment.

Governor Eric Holcomb joined Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey and Diamond executives for Wednesday’s announcement.

Project plans have been first disclosed November 2021. However, the investment figure has since increased from the initial estimate of $200 million.

The new facility will be Diamond Pet Foods’ first in Indiana and also represents one of the largest private investments in Rushville’s history, according to Rush County Economic Development Corp.

The company said growing demand for pet food and growing pet ownership in the United States has led to the need to expand its presence in the Midwest.

“We are thrilled to choose Rushville for its proximity to suppliers as well as the skilled workforce in the community,” Diamond Pet Foods President Mike Kampeter said in written remarks. “This new state-of-the-art facility will allow us to continue to offer quality pet food at prices that will appeal to parents. We look forward to adding Rushville and Indiana to the Diamond family.

The facility is being built at 2606 N. State Road 3 in Rushville, about 50 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

“Rushville is really lucky that Diamond Pet Foods is growing their business here,” Pavey said. “Diamond Pet Foods management understands rural communities. They will positively impact Rush County for generations.

The plant is expected to be operational in 2024.

IEDC has offered Diamond Pet Foods up to $1.8 million in conditional tax credits, which the company cannot claim until it meets its hiring goals and local infrastructure improvements will have been made.

The city of Rushville offered additional incentives.

Diamond produces cat and dog food using ingredients sourced in the United States. The 52-year-old company employs more than 1,000 people at its locations in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, South Carolina and California. Its brands include Diamond Naturals, Taste of the Wild, Diamond Care, Professional+, NutraGold and Nutra-Nuggets.

The company, which was founded by brothers-in-law Gary Schell and Richard Kampeter, is owned and operated by a second generation of Schell and Kampeter family members.