Major pet food company Blue Buffalo plans to expand upon its Heartland Pet Food manufacturing campus in Joplin, Missouri. The company will construct a 112,000 sq. ft. building to accommodate continued growth.
“Blue Buffalo’s expansion of our state of the art manufacturing facility in Joplin reflects our ongoing commitment to the people, the city and the state of Missouri. With this expansion we will be further increasing our internal production capacity. We are very proud to continue to create jobs and to being an upstanding partner in the community," said Bill Bishop, Chairman & Founder of Blue Buffalo.
In 2012, Blue Buffalo broke ground on its 416,000 sq. ft. Heartland Pet Foods facility in Joplin, which became the company’s first manufacturing plant in the country. Blue Buffalo has pledged to create more than 160 full-time jobs at the plant.
After just a few years of operating in its facility, the company will now expand Heartland’s footprint to accommodate additional manufacturing equipment for a new pet food line and for its growing workforce.
The new building is expected to be completed by the beginning of 2018. Blue Buffalo points to Missouri’s strong workforce, central location and robust transportation system for its decision to expand in the Show-Me State. The company’s new facility and expansion is expected to result in the creation of 46 new jobs for the community.
“Blue Buffalo’s Heartland facility is an excellent employer in our community and representative of the many fine firms in our food processing sector. We are proud the company thinks enough of Joplin and its people to continue to invest in expanding its operations here,” noted Rob O’Brian, President, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to seeing the continued growth of Blue Buffalo in this area.”
The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Joplin also assisted the company with its expansions in Missouri.