On Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, Champion Petfoods welcomed its community partners into the new Kentucky DogStar home in Auburn, Ky. with a housewarming/ribbon cutting. Many came out to tour the facilities that have begun cooking advance Biologically Appropriate and Fresh Regional Ingredient mandate petfood.
“The Housewarming showed our passion about being trusted by pet lovers everywhere,” said Frank Burdzy, President and CEO of Champion Petfoods.
At the event flags were raised and those attending proudly sang the national anthems of the United States and Canada, where Champion Petfoods began and where its corporate offices reside. Also sung at the event was a rendition of My Old Kentucky Home.
“We christened the building with a 25-year-old Kentucky rye whisky signifying our 25 year ACANA Heritage, inviting good luck and officially naming our Kitchen – DogStar,” said Burdzy. “And we cut the ribbon with the people who supported us when this was still just a dream.”
Champion Petfoods is located at 12871 Bowling Green Road, across the road from Shaker Equipment Sales. 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. Champion began construction on the site in September 2015.
“This evening the very first bag of pet food rolled off the line in Auburn, Ky. I am so honored by the commitment Champion executives made to Logan County and Kentucky,” said state representative Martha Jane King. “The Logan County High School FFA helped escort guests to the ceremony, and everyone looked on with pride as the Logan County Sheriffs Department posted the Canadian, US and Ky flags and a trio sang the National Anthems. It was an great evening topped off by the announcement that an expansion was already in progress. What a fabulous team.”
Over 147 jobs will be created with the opening of Champion Petfoods and possibly more to come as the cooking increases and lines begin. 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 and counting.
According to Burdzy, 220 million pounds of petfood are expected annually out of the Auburn kitchen. Champion is not only investing its operations in Logan County due to state and local support, but also due to the vast supply of local ingredients through friendly partnerships with local farmers.
“The agricultural heritage and proximity to ranches and farms make locating to western Kentucky an excellent choice,” said Burdzy. “We are very pleased that the Commonwealth of Kentucky is partnered with us to grow our Biologically Appropriate mandate.”
Rural Kentucky provides Champion access to local farmers and growers, allowing the opportunity to feature a diversity of Fresh Regional Ingredients in its foods.
“We are very excited about the start-up of the Champion Petfood kitchen in our city,” said Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes. “This is a project we have been working towards for sometime, and to see it come to fruition is extremely gratifying in many ways. We are looking forward to a wonderful partnership with Champion, and feel their presence will be a great asset to our city, our county, and our state.”
To 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.