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Advertorial
Pet Food Processing spoke
with Leigh Ann Sayen,
president, and Matthew
Burian, director of
operations, at BlendCo
about its state-of-the-art
facility expansion in
Stevensville, Mich.
PFP: What motivated BlendCo to expand?
Sayen: Advances in modern production line features and
capabilities provided clear value to further enhance both
throughput and quality of our fi nished goods. Our growing
customer base and trend toward stricter process controls
made it clear we needed to be ahead of the trend.
PFP: What was the timeline for the project, from
concept to completion?
Sayen: The warehouse expansion began in April 2021 and
concluded in December 2021. The fi rst phase of the project
added 21,000 square feet to the existing building and two
additional loading docks. This allowed for better optimization of
existing warehouse space and room for more production lines.
The second phase of the project began in December 2021
and wrapped up in August 2022. In this phase of the project,
we added a production line that allowed us to produce bigger
batches with enhanced sampling and cleaning capabilities.
The next phase of the project adds another production line and
is expected to be complete in January 2023. This upcoming
production line allows for more sophisticated blends that
contain numerous ingredients of equal blend proportions.
PFP: What pet food and treat ingredient
capabilities will the new facility offer?
Burian: Blendco is a business-to-business company that
services the pet food industry with dry powder blends. We work
with multinational pet food brands and ingredient companies to
supply bulk ingredients with a low microbiological profi le. BlendCo
is a proprietary blend contract manufacturer. The value of each
blend is unique and the property of the clients to which they are
provided.
PFP: How will this state-of-the-art facility
support the future of BlendCo?
Burian: With these changes, we are future proofi ng BlendCo to
adapt to the greater demands of pet food industry manufacturers.
PFP: How does the expansion of BlendCo
answer the industry's supply chain concerns?
Burian: By completing the expansion, we can bring high quality
jobs to Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana communities.
Machines are only one part of the expansion. Blendco is
strategically expanding its workforce and attracting more
experienced food industry professionals.
Blendco
LLC.
PFP: What's next for BlendCo?
Sayen: The site in Stevensville has an additional 20 acres of land
and access to rail. We plan to focus on providing value to the pet
food industry.
TM
5000 Advance Way | Stevensville, MI 49127 | 269-932-3660 | blendco-llc.com
http://www.blendco-llc.com

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