Congressman Ed Whitfield congratulated the City of Auburn on June 4th for receiving a $300,000 grant and a $700,000 loan from the United States Department of Agriculture. These Rural Development funds will be used to construct approximately three miles of sewer line and a wastewater lift station to serve the new Champion Petfoods plant currently under construction east of the city.
The company also received millions of dollars in tax incentives from the state and local government to locate here.
“We are hoping the line project will be competed by this fall,” said Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes. “We have some fine corporate citizens in our community and Champion Petfoods has added to that list. We have a great partnership in what is best for our city and the citizens who live here. This is an opportunity for jobs and additional revenue that can be used to continue the growth of Auburn, which is an exciting adventure to say the least.”
Bobby Luttrell & Sons, LLC out of Dundee, Ky. were awarded the contract for the project that will lay the line. Along with bringing a line to Champion Petfoods, the City of Auburn will be utilizing approximately $150,000 to upgrade its existing wastewater plant. According to Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes, there will be minimal changes to the plant.
“Right now, the City of Auburn has plenty of room to accept and treat Champion Petfoods wastewater needs,” said mayor Hughes. “We have a two year agreement with the company who have been nothing but good corporate neighbors through this whole process. We are more than happy to help them anyway we can.”
The new industry is located on the south side of US 68, one mile east of Auburn near the Shaker Farm Implement dealership, on the right hand side going towards Bowling Green. The building site is 84 acres and will be approximately 300,000 square feet under roof in two separate buildings. The multi-million dollar facility will employ 147 and is expected to begin cooking the beginning of 2016.
Champion Petfoods will be purchasing ingredients from local farmers to make its pet food. This will bring in additional revenue to the county.
Based in Morinville, Alberta, Canada, Champion Petfoods is a proud Canadian company with agriculture roots dating back to 1985. Its award-winning ACANA and ORIJEN brands are sold in more than 70 countries.
“After two years of searching, Champion determined Kentucky as the perfect location to advance our Biologically Appropriate and Fresh Regional Ingredient mandate,” said Champion Petfoods CEO and President Frank Burdzy. “Kentucky’s rich agricultural heritage and proximity to ranches and farms makes it the perfect location for making our award-winning foods.”