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PROCESSOR PROFILE
sion lines. The plant was originally built to have room
for four separate extrusion lines, but some of the space
was taken in the short-term to incorporate the new canning
line. Currently, there is one single-screw and one
twin-screw extruder running pet treat products, usually
for different companies, on a daily basis. Each line can
produce 9,000 lbs of semi-moist pet treats each hour.
After extrusion, grilling and cooling, the product is sent
directly to packaging.
In order to stay flexible and allow for product runs
of all sizes to go through the facility, Tuffy's opted to
incorporate six packaging positions into the new plant
- three of which are designed for smaller batches and
quick turnover. The company is currently running five
of the lines and will soon add the sixth. The packaging
distribution systems feeds, separates and weighs product
before it is fed directly into pre-made, standup, resealable
pouches or into one of two rollstock machines.
Packages are filled, weighed, inspected and put into
cases before fulfillment. Tuffy's packaging capabilities
were designed to blend both automation and flexibility,
with hand-packed lines to allow for customization and
flexibility, and automated lines for larger customers,
driving labor efficiency.
" We are lucky to have some of the best people working
for us, " Garlick said. " You don't start up a greenfield
plant without it being a challenge - and we have the
best people. We brought over some shift supervisors and
packaging leads from our Perham plant, and many of
the people who started two years ago when we opened
After operating for just a few months, plans to add a canning line
to the Delano plant started to develop. The line was commissioned
February 2022.
the plant are still here. We've been very successful attracting
great talent. "
In the can
While Tuffy's pet treat production is running 24 hours
a day on three shifts, the company is still growing and
adding to the team, thanks to the addition of the new
canning line that began production this February. Less
than six months after the pet treat plant was commisCOMMUNITY
CONNECTIONS
One
of the primary missions of KLN
Family Brands, parent company of
Tuffy's Treat Company, is " to make a
difference in the lives of the people
in our community region, state and
country. " Whether in the town of
Perham, Minn., the location of the
corporate headquarters, or in Delano,
Minn., home of the company's
newest manufacturing facility, the
company is always on a mission to
make a difference.
Tuffy's supports local youth
activities in both Perham and Delano,
helping to purchase uniforms,
sponsor tournaments and renovate
facilities. The company is currently
helping build the NutriSource Dog
Park in Delano and restore the local
baseball field in town.
Beyond local community
donations, KLN has supported
the Pinky Swear Foundation, an
organization dedicated to helping
children suffering from cancer and
their families. The company also
works closely with the Masonic
Children's Hospital in Minneapolis,
providing funding to help launch and
maintain their NutriSource Facility
Dog Program offering emotional
and physical support to children
receiving care at the hospital and
their families.
" Giving back is one of our primary
business goals, " said Brian Garlick,
general manager, KLN Family
Brands. " We need to grow our
business so we can give back more. "
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In alignment with its mission to
support worthy causes, the company
announced a recent acquisition of
Finley's Barkery, a pet treat company
dedicated to creating employment
opportunities for people with
disabilities.
" At KLN Family Brands, it's part
of our vision to better the world
by caring for others, " said Charlie
Nelson, chief executive officer of
KLN Family Brands. " We have long
admired the work that Angie and Kyle
have done in utilizing the Finley's
brand as a vehicle to provide paid
employment opportunities for people
with disabilities. Their mission-based
entrepreneurial spirit so closely aligns
with our values that the opportunity
to bring the Finley's brand under the
KLN umbrella was a natural fit. "
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