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Big Heart Pet Brands expanding in Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. —  GO Topeka Economic Partnership has awarded Big Heart Pet Brands an incentive grant to help fund a sizable expansion project to their Topeka facility located at 2200 NW Brickyard Road. The 70,000-square-foot expansion will include new equipment, the retention of approximately 20 existing full time positions and up to eight new positions.

Upon completion, the expansion project will also bring the total square footage of the company’s Topeka facilities to 313,520. The Big Heart Pet Brands Topeka facility was in competition with two other facilities in the U.S. for this expansion.

“The city of Topeka takes pride in its existing companies like Big Heart Pet Brands. We are excited to see the continued growth and investment in our community,” said Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast. “This company has a long history in our city and we hope they continue to call Topeka home for many years to come.”

GO Topeka has provided resources to assist Big Heart Pet Brands, formerly known as Del Monte Foods, in past expansions of its facility. The company purchased the facility in 2002-2003 and has made continued investments to maintain and grow the company to accommodate business needs. In 2008, Big Heart Pet Foods constructed its cutting edge robotics distribution and storage facility. This expansion resulted in the creation of 76 new jobs.

In 2010, the company renovated its dry manufacturing plant which resulted in the retention of 50 existing jobs and the addition of six new positions. In 2012, the company further expanded its Topeka facility and purchased new equipment, resulting in the retention of about 23 positions and the creation of 10 new positions. Big Heart Pet Brands currently employs more than 350 full and part time employees at its Topeka pet food plant and distribution center.

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