Simmons Pet Food completed its $60 million packaging facility today in Emporia. Simmons Pet Food is a leading supplier of custom and private labels for pet food.
The Emporia facility will create about 100 new jobs for the area, and up to 200 new jobs once the facility reaches full capacity.
Kent Heerman, President of the Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas, said the expansion is the result of close workings between the company and the city.
“This is the culmination of a long and successful partnership between Simmons, the City of Emporia and the Emporia RDA,” said Heerman.
Jason Godsey, President of Simmons Pet Food, said he is happy to see the company in Emporia.
“The economic vitality of this region is a big part of enabling Simmons Pet Food to make this happen. We are Emporia Proud,” said Godsey.
Prior to the expansion, Simmons Pet Food had about 500 employees employed at its Emporia Location.