Simmons Pet Food officially began the first phase of commercial operation at its 275,000-square-foot canned pet food operation in Dubuque, IA.
“Today, Dubuque, Iowa became part of the Simmons Pet Food family,” said Scott Salmon, president of Simmons Pet Food. “In slightly less than seven months Dubuque economic development and community leaders together with our team members, helped Simmons Pet Food take an important strategic step to expand our production capacity and deliver our customers the food that will nourish and delight the pets we love.”
In December, Simmons Pet Food announced Dubuque was the location for the first phase of its expansion plan bringing incremental production capacity of 168 million units to its wet pet food business in July 2021, to be followed by the addition of a second production line in Dubuque to bring total capacity to approximately 408 million units. At the event, officials reported they are moving forward with the second line which will be fully operational by April 1, 2022.
At full capacity, the Dubuque facility will provide more than 270 new jobs to the community with estimated annual payroll of $13.7 million.