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PLANT PROFILE

manufacturing campus is a prominent feature in
downtown Perham, stretching more than six city
blocks and running parallel to both the railroad
tracks that run through town and the thriving,
historic downtown area.
Having seemingly maximized the available space
at the Perham campus and not wanting to stretch
the available employee pool too thin in a town with
3,000 residents, Tuffy's broke ground in August on
a new $65 million, 173,500-sq.-ft. pet treat plant in
Delano, Minnesota, three hours south of Perham
just outside the Twin Cities.
"Perham is very much a forward thinking, aggressive community and we are a forward thinking, aggressive company," Rasmussen says. When the company started looking for a location outside of Perham
to build the treat plant, Delano rose to the top of the
list for some of its similarities to Perham. "Delano is
industry friendly," Rasmussen says, "and the mindset
of Delano's leaders and the community seems to be
similar to what we have here in Perham."
This past fall, Tuffy's invited Pet Food Processing
to tour its state-of-the-art dry pet food processing
facility in Perham and learn more about what's
been driving the company's success in the competitive pet food and treat market.

Safety first
Randy Ebeling, dry pet food production manager,
says the priority for the new dry pet food production facility was food safety. "The old facility
was from the '70s and was becoming dated. With
the new plant, the whole facility is built with food
safety in mind from air flow, to where people enter the buildings to separate lunchrooms, locker
rooms, shower rooms and hand washing stations
everywhere you go," Ebeling explains. "All the doors
throughout require key cards and if someone isn't
assigned to that area they can't get through the
door. All the walls and the floor-to-wall joints are
sealed and, with the equipment, all food contact
areas are stainless steel." Employees allowed into the
raw processing area within the dry processing facility are required to wear extra food safety protection
that includes gloves, jackets and shoe coverings.
Building the new facility from the ground up
allowed the company to place each stage of the
Top: Finished dry pet food is stored in bins that discharge
to vibratory conveyors and feed the packaging machines.
Bottom: Kibble comes off the extruder die plate and is
distributed evenly into a double-pass dryer before going
to the coating room.

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PET Food Processing - December 2019
CONTENTS
OFF THE LEASH - Telling stories
TRENDS - Cold is HOT
PLANT PROFILE - AGGRESSIVELY GROWING
FOOD SAFETY - TEST and verify
INGREDIENTS - FOCUSED ON THE FACTS
FORMULATION - Balanced for BIOEFFICACY
EQUIPMENT - HANDLE with care
Harnessing HEAT
OPERATIONS - Starting Fresh
PACKAGING - Can do WITHOUT?
BEST IN SHOW
PATENTS TO PONDER
FEATURE EVENT - LUCKY 13th
EVENTS
AD INDEX
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - CONTENTS
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - OFF THE LEASH - Telling stories
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 8
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - TRENDS - Cold is HOT
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 11
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 12
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 13
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - PLANT PROFILE - AGGRESSIVELY GROWING
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - FOOD SAFETY - TEST and verify
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - INGREDIENTS - FOCUSED ON THE FACTS
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - FORMULATION - Balanced for BIOEFFICACY
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 41
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 42
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - EQUIPMENT - HANDLE with care
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 48
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - Harnessing HEAT
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 53
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 54
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - OPERATIONS - Starting Fresh
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 57
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 58
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 59
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 60
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - PACKAGING - Can do WITHOUT?
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 62
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 63
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 64
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 65
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - BEST IN SHOW
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 67
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - PATENTS TO PONDER
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 69
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - 70
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - FEATURE EVENT - LUCKY 13th
PET Food Processing - December 2019 - EVENTS
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PET Food Processing - December 2019 - AD INDEX
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