WILTON – Blue Buffalo Pet Products [NASDAQ BUFF], will invest more than $100 million to construct and equip a production and distribution facility on 89 acres in Richmond, Indiana. The facility for its Heartland subsidiary will join an even larger plant in Joplin, Missouri built in 2014 for manufacturing.
Blue Buffalo was named and “inspired” by Bill and Jackie Bishop’s Airedale Blue that died of cancer. The company was founded in 2002 as a “natural foods” pet company, sales have reached more than one billion dollars and it went public in 2015..
The company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Heartland Pet Food is expected to employ up to 165 new jobs.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is providing Blue Buffalo Company up to $1,625,000 in tax credits that it says are “conditional” based on the company’s job creation plans.
In early May the company announced a $6 million grant to the Ohio University School of Veterinary Medicine for use in its Clinical Trials Office.