Blue Buffalo Company has opened its new Heartland Pet Food Manufacturing facility in Joplin, Missouri. The 416,000-square-foot facility includes a state-of-the-art dry petfood manufacturing plant and an attached full-service distribution center, according to the company.
“This is a very big day for Blue Buffalo,” said Chairman and Founder Bill Bishop of opening day. “We now have the most modern manufacturing facility in the petfood industry. And we are proud to have created 150 full-time jobs which will contribute to Joplin’s great recovery from the catastrophic tornado in 2011.”
Joining Bishop and Schmidt at the August 20, 2014, ribbon cutting ceremony were Blue Buffalo founding Bishop family members Jackie, Billy and Chris, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Choo Lim, who was responsible for the construction of the Heartland facility, and representatives of the Blue Buffalo management team. Missouri State Senator Ron Richard offered words of welcome to all in attendance at the Heartland Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Also participating were Joplin Mayor Michael Seibert, Rob O’Brien the Chairman and President of the Joplin area Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the state of Missouri.
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