Manufacturer of private label pet treats Phelps Pet Products entered into an agreement to purchase manufacturing equipment from Simmons pet food plant in Siloam Springs, AR, according to a company statement. This move will allow Phelps to double its current production capacity and add new offerings to its portfolio.
“We are excited to partner with Simmons on this transformational growth stage that will bring expanded surge capacity and new capabilities to better serve our customers,” company president and CEO Rick Ruffolo said in a statement. communicated. “After three years of unprecedented growth, there was an urgent need for significantly greater capacity to meet growing customer demand for our innovative “Made in USA” treats, USDA-certified organic recipes, recycled ingredients and our first plant on the market. meat-based dried treats (without meat).
The company plans to spend $20 million to acquire the machinery. Phelps Pet Products said the equipment and new lines are expected to become operational in the third quarter of 2022.
“We are a pet lover company, and as we move full speed ahead to grow the capacity of our core pet food business, as announced in 2021, we are pleased to know that Phelps Pet Products will put this equipment to good use in developing their pet. treats capabilities,” Simmons Pet Foods President Scott Salmon said in the statement.
Phelps Pet Products is focused on producing “Meat Jerky” pet treats.
Equipment sale comes after Simmons plans announced last September to move operations at its Siloam Springs plant from dry pet food and treats to wet pet food.