Scoular, an employee-owned company based in Omaha, NE, that offers diverse supply chain solutions for end-users and suppliers of grain, feed ingredients, and food ingredients around the globe, announces an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of the company will build a new freeze-drying manufacturing facility in Seward, NE.
The facility will establish Scoular’s new freeze-dried pet food ingredients platform. Approximately $50 million will be invested to build this initial facility, which is expected to create nearly 100 new jobs once operational.
“For 126 years, Scoular has invested in the people of Nebraska," says Scoular CEO Paul Maass. “We are excited to build on this legacy and advance our strategy with a unique facility that brings all phases of the freeze-drying manufacturing process under one roof. It was clear to us following an extensive national search that Seward is an ideal community for us to join and grow together. We are excited to begin this process with the people of Seward."
As the pet food industry has grown and expanded, so too has the need for quality ingredients. Pet owners increasingly seek protein-rich, nutritious and convenient products. Scoular has worked with pet food partners for years providing procurement and supply chain solutions. This facility will provide our pet food customers a simplified and efficient ingredient supply chain, while meeting the fast-growing demand for freeze-dried protein ingredients.”
A ground-breaking ceremony is anticipated for June, which will celebrate the start of construction on an approximately 105,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at the Seward/Lincoln Regional Rail Campus. Construction will take approximately 14-16 months, with the goal of being operational by early Fall 2020.
One of the many reasons Seward was chosen was the available labor pool of talented, hard-working people. As the company begins to recruit for jobs at the new facility, it looks forward to hiring from within Seward and surrounding communities for new positions.
To learn more about the project and see progress updates, please visit scoular.com/freeze-dried.