The construction of Champion Petfoods in Auburn is almost complete and the industry anticipates cooking to begin around the first of the year. In just three months, Champion – located at 12871 Bowling Green Road, across the road from Shaker Equipment Sales – broke ground and built a 300,000 square foot kitchen that will produce some of the most advanced Biologically Appropriate and Fresh Regional Ingredient petfood in the world.
“We would like to share some exciting news with our new Logan County community,” said Champion President and CEO Frank Burdzy, regarding the construction and progress of the new DogStar Kitchen in Logan County. “The construction of our Kentucky DogStar Kitchen is almost complete, thanks to our partnership with Gray Construction. Our anticipated first bag of food will be cooked Jan. 4, 2016.”
Champion selected its site of operations in Auburn after two years of searching. The company determined Kentucky as the perfect location to advance its Biologically Appropriate and Fresh Regional Ingredient mandate.
“Kentucky’s rich agricultural heritage and proximity to ranches and farms makes it the perfect location for making our award-winning foods,” Burdzy said.
Over 147 jobs will be created with the opening of Champion Petfoods and possible more to come as the cooking increases.
The building site is spread out over 84 acres with two separate buildings. Last count the project investment in Logan County is approximately $122 million.
One of the benefits of Champion Petfoods locating in Logan County, other than job opportunities and a future tax base, will be the economic impact on our local agricultural community. Champion will be buying ingredients from farmers in Logan County to use in making its petfood.
“We rely on ingredients from local farmers and ranchers, and strong relationships with the agricultural community are key to our success. Logan County offers both,” said Burdzy. “Pet lovers in America want more of our foods, and we feel the time is right to build a kitchen closer to our US customers. We are extremely pleased that Governor Beshear and the Commonwealth of Kentucky have partnered with us to grow our food production in Logan 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.
ACANA and ORIJEN are the two products made through Champion Petfoods, both are made in award-winning kitchens.
In 1985, Reinhard Muhlenfeld began making pet foods in a small feed mill in Barrhead, Alberta. With minimal equipment and a single packing unit, the little operation persevered to become one of the best-loved pet food makers on earth.
In the early years, making private label foods for grocery chains afforded the opportunity to gain experience that laid the foundation for its award-winning brands.
As knowledge and resources were acquired the little company prospered and, in 1996, constructed stand-alone kitchens focused entirely on pet food production, introducing ingredients and cooking processes that were not possible in the feed mill.
The next step was conceiving its ACANA and ORIJEN brands and Biologically Appropriate Fresh Regional Ingredients philosophy, which created a new category of dog and cat foods.
“One of the things that’s most important are the people we work with and the people we will meet here,” said Burdzy, adding there are great opportunities and investments in this community and region and Champion Petfoods’ is looking forward to partnering with the state and local community.
For questions or concerns or too learn more about Champion and their award-winning pet foods visit http://championpetfoods.com/.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.