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PROCESSOR PROFILE
The canned pet
food manufactured
at the Tuffy's plant is
sold under the
company's
NutriSource brand.
spective, the I-94 corridor would be an ideal location -
near the metropolitan area of the Twin Cities, but also
close to the agriculture side of the state.
" We drove around for a couple of months looking at
towns and potential locations, " Sailer said. " We would
find a location and then started calling up city managers
to find out if it was a good fit. We were looking for a
small, progressive community - like Perham. And we
found Delano. They were welcoming, with open arms,
right from the start. "
The size and location of the 6,000-person city, just
three hours south of Perham, was exactly what they were
looking for.
" It's right in the middle of the metro and the agriculture, "
Sailer said. " A perfect blend in the location. It was
close enough to the metro to pull some workforce from
there, if needed, but it also had a good employee pool to
pull from in town.
" And it was the exact kind of community we wanted
to be a part of and support, " he added. " It's important
for us to support local committees, local businesses, the
schools - that's always been important to us. Being part
of the community is a huge driver for our owners. It's
about giving back. "
In August 2019, KLN Family Brands broke ground on
the new facility with their design-build partner, Kansas
City, Mo.-based CRB, at their side.
Food safety and flexibility
From ground-breaking to operation, the new Delano pet
treat plant was up and running in 14 months. The $65
million project was on time and on budget. The plant
started running one shift, producing salable product, in
October 2020.
" At this time, we were a semi-moist treats facility with
infrastructure to grow, " said Brian Garlick, general manager,
KLN Family Brands. " Food safety and flexibility
were the key priorities in the new plant. "
Three months later, a second 12-hour shift was added
and by nine months after startup, three 8-hour shifts
were operating.
The majority of the pet treat production is co-manufacturing
or private label - it's all about partnerships.
" Every contract and relationship is unique, " Garlick
said. " Some are very long term and detailed. We work
with some of the biggest manufacturers in the world and
we also work with 'Suzy' who is ramping up what she
was cooking in her oven 6 months ago and now we're
producing it and putting it in a bag for her to make it a
bit more efficient than what she used to do on her own. "
The pet treat capabilities at Tuffy's are almost limitless.
" We'll work with anyone on pretty much any product, "
Sailer added. " Our sales team sells the capability of
our company and plant to potential partners, and we try
to meet their needs as a part of that partnership. "
The flexibility that was built into the Delano plant alTuffy's
canned product is manufactured in 5 ½-oz and 13-oz cans.
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