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increased since March," Pointz said. "We've made adjustments to support employee safety in response to
the pandemic. Overall, we've been able to maintain our
volume of business and we're on track to meet our sales
goals for the year."

Increasing capacity

Top: The 96,000-sq-ft
processing facility
sits on 11 acres with
room to expand to
the adjacent 11 acres
owned by J-Six.
Bottom: Multi-head
weighing systems
handle products
gently and enable
accurate, high-speed
packaging.

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"The storage and trucking services evolved to
help customers maximize plant efficiency, adhere to
schedules, reduce downtime and leverage procurement," said Robert Pointz, sales manager, Kansas City
Treats. "J-Six added capabilities based on customer
needs over the years."
As the company became more vertical in the services it offered, it only made sense in 2017 to add
finished-goods manufacturing capabilities to become
a full-circle provider to the pet food and treat industry. Prior to J-Six purchasing Kansas City Treats, the
treat manufacturing facility had obtained Safe Quality
Food (SQF) Food Safety Code (formerly known as
SQF Level 2) certification. The plant has maintained
that certification under J-Six ownership. In just three
years as part of the J-Six family, Kansas City Treats
has grown from $5 million in annual sales to a projected $30 million in 2020.
"Demand for the products we produce has actually

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Kansas City Treats has two main production lines from
which it produces a large variety of unique products
for some of the significant US brands selling primarily
through the food, drug and mass-merchandise (FDM)
markets. The company does not manufacture any of its
own brands.
One of the two production lines features two TX85 twin-screw extruders from Wenger, Sabetha, Kan.
Depending on the product, the twin-screw extruders
have the option to feed to either a Tafco static dryer, a
robotically loaded custom dryer or a Wenger cooling
system for extruded and co-extruded dental or longlasting chews.
The other production line features a Wenger TX-144
twin-screw extruder feeding an Extru-Tech sanitary,
two-pass, horizontal dryer for dry treats and resins. The
addition of this dryer system has had a positive impact
on plant efficiency for Kansas City Treats.
"The new Extru-Tech dryer is so much easier to
clean," Pointz explained. "The sanitation aspect has improved dramatically from previous designs. Another
benefit is it allows the extruder to run at full capacity
thus maximizing throughput and efficiency."
Another key feature that impacts overall production efficiency is a fully automated robotic system from
ABB Robotics, Cary, N.C., which loads and unloads an
extended-time dryer from the twin-screw extruders.
Batches spend 15 to 30 hours in the extended-time dryer
depending on the formulation.
"The automated loading and unloading obviously


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