Simmons Pet Food Holds Ribbon Cutting in Emporia

Today, Simmons Pet Food, Inc., a leading supplier of custom and private label pet food solutions in the U.S. and Canada, opened its new $60 million Flexible Packaging Facility in Emporia, Kansas, with a ribbon cutting.

From Left to Right: Wes Morris, Russell Tooley, Jason Godsey, Mark Simmons, Governor Kelly, Secretary Toland, Mayor Geitz, Kent Heermann, Jeanine McKenna, Senator Jeff Longbine

From Left to Right: Wes Morris, Russell Tooley, Jason Godsey, Mark Simmons, Governor Kelly, Secretary Toland, Mayor Geitz, Kent Heermann, Jeanine McKenna, Senator Jeff Longbine

This multi-million-dollar investment brings approximately 100 new jobs, with the potential for up to 200 new jobs when the facility expansion reaches full capacity. Prior to the expansion, Simmons Pet Food employed approximately 500 team members at its Emporia location.

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The expansion of our operations in Emporia signals to our customers that we are stepping up our game in a major way. We want to build strong and lasting relationships with our customers and flexible packaging is what our customers expect. Now we have the capacity and the capability to meet growing market demand and accentuate our leadership in the industry. The economic vitality of this region is a big part of enabling Simmons Pet Food to make this happen. We are Emporia Proud.
— Jason Godsey, President of Simmons Pet Food, Inc.

With customer demand for cup, tub and pouch packaging formats projected to grow, the Flexible Packaging Facility strategically positions the company to be the leading supplier of flexible packaging solutions for the domestic market and to compete for new markets internationally.

By 2022 the Flexible Packaging Facility expansion expects to increase annual facility output to an estimated 9 million cases of wet pet food cups and 2.4 million cases of tubs.

Today is a celebration of a job well done on the Simmons Pet Food expansion. This is the culmination of a long and successful partnership between Simmons, the City of Emporia and the Emporia RDA. Bringing projects like these to our region also would not be possible without infrastructure development, like the new water tower supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce EDA.
— Kent Heermann, President, Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas

About Simmons Pet Food

Simmons Pet Food is a leading North American private-label and contract manufacturer of wet and dry pet food and treats. Simmons Pet Food sources high-quality ingredients and uses state-of-the-art manufacturing processes to produce premium and value-focused pet food. Simmons Pet Food supplies top brands and retailers with products in a variety of packaging formats, including cans, pouches and cups.

Simmons Pet Food operates three wet pet food production facilities, a dry pet food facility and a treats production facility. These operations are in Northwest Arkansas, Kansas, New Jersey and Ontario, Canada.

About Simmons Foods Inc. and Affiliates

Simmons is a vertically integrated, leading supplier of poultry, pet food and feed ingredient solutions headquartered in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Founded in 1949 in Arkansas, the company and its affiliates remain a privately-owned and family-led business.

With more than 60 years’ experience, Simmons Foods works with farmers, communities, and employees to serve its customers by providing quality and excellence. With more than 6,000 team members throughout North America, Simmons is committed to delivering innovative food products and services to the world.

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