Hamlet Protein, a Denmark-based manufacturer of ingredients for the petfood and animal feed markets, is expanding to the US with a new plant in Findlay, Ohio, in early 2012.

First producing products for the pig and dairy markets from the area’s large soybean crops, the plant will also soon produce petfood ingredients, said Ole Hansen, business development director, during Victam International 2011 in Cologne, Germany.

The plant site was chosen for its available land and buildings, as well as access to raw materials and existing customers, according to Hansen. Upon opening, the plant will employ 25 people.

Hansen added that the company’s petfood ingredients offer functionality and are palatable to pets.