DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – Simmons Pet Food marked the official opening and launch of the first phase of a commercial operation at its $ 100 million, 275,000-square-foot canned pet food production plant in Dubuque.
Simmons Pet Food, the 6th largest pet food manufacturer in the country bought the old Flexsteel factory last year. Team members and community members gathered for a ribbon cut on Wednesday.
“Today, Dubuque, Iowa became part of the Simmons Pet Food family,” said Scott Salmon, Simmons president
Animal feed. “In less than seven months, economic development and the leaders of the Dubuque community together
with our team members, helped Simmons Pet Food take an important strategic step to expand our production
capacities and we offer our customers food that will feed and satisfy the pets we want “.
The plant, which brings with it about 270 new jobs in the area, is expected to eventually produce 408 million units of wet and canned animal feed each year. The first of the two production lines is in operation, producing a capacity of 168 million units. The second production line is expected to start operating in April 2022, bringing the total to 408 million units.
“We are delighted that Dubuque is a member of the Simmons Pet Food family, and is now part of our intention to
Build strong relationships by working to provide the pet food we want, ”Todd Simmons, President
and CEO of Simmons Foods said. “Thank you to our team members, our project partners and our city, county and state
officials to make this project a reality. ”
The company says Dubuque was chosen for the new plant because of its “high-quality workforce, existing infrastructure to support operations and a business-friendly economic development team”. The company added that Dubuque possesses a vibrant community spirit ideal for their team members and their families to live, work and
“Simmons Pet Food is a winning game for the Greater Dubuque area,” said Rick Dickinson, President and CEO of Greater Dubuque Development Corporation. “Despite the challenges posed by Pandemic, they
have promised and arrived upon all that they have done. We are proud to have them join us
corporate team. ”
To thank the community, Simmons is sponsoring a free concert Wednesday night at 5:30 pm at the Alliant Energy Amphitheater, featuring country singer and songwriter Jordan Davis. Tickets are limited and can be booked in advance by clicking here.