Blue Buffalo breaks ground on R&D facility

by Erica Shaffer
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The research and development project will cost $150 million, and bring 165 jobs to Richmond, Indiana.

RICHMOND, Ind. – Blue Buffalo Co. broke ground on its Heartland Pet Food Manufacturing complex. The Wilton, Connecticut-based pet food manufacturer plans to invest $150 million in the project.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Blue Buffalo up to $1,625,000 in conditional tax credits based on job creation plans. The company expects to create 165 new jobs in Richmond. Wayne County and the city of Richmond also have approved additional incentives.

“We are proud to be expanding our US pet food manufacturing and R&D capabilities here in Richmond, Indiana,” Bill Bishop, chairman and founder at Blue Buffalo, said in a statement. “Richmond and the surrounding communities have both the people and the ‘can do’ attitude that it takes to help us meet the growing demand for our natural pet food products.”

The company’s Heartland Pet Food Manufacturing complex will be built on 89 acres. The new facility will have pet food manufacturing capabilities, an R&D facility and an attached warehouse. The Heartland facility is the second company owned manufacturing facility for Blue Buffalo. The first facility is in Joplin, Missouri.

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