Hill’s To Build Pet Food Plant In Emporia

Hill’s Plant

Hill’s Pet Nutrition will build a 300,000 square foot pet food plant in Emporia, Kansas. This will be the third pet food plant in Emporia (there must be something in the air there). If approved for rezoning, Hills will be just a short distance away from Menu Foods.

In addition to Hill’s and Menu Foods, Emporia Pet Products is located in the area. This plant was taken over by American Nutrition in April.

Emporia beat out numerous other cities for the new plant including Topeka, where Hill’s headquarters is located. The pet food plant will bring 100 manufacturing jobs and will be located on an 80-acre site. Hill’s is the 11th largest private employer in town and the 16th largest overall. The company is planning to put in about $100 million into the plant.

More about the new plant in Emporia after the jump.

From Emporiagazette.com:

“Kansas has been home to Hill’s for more than 60 years and we look forward to expanding our presence here to support the continuing growth of our business,” company president Justin Skala said in a prepared statement. “This was a rigorous year-long process and we greatly appreciate the assistance we received from state and local officials.”

The Legislature passed a bill earlier this year, Senate Bill 240, to try to keep a new Hill’s plant in the state. The bill offers an income tax break to manufacturers that locate in Kansas by the end of 2009 if they invest at least $100 million in a plant, employ at least 100 people and pay better than average wages. Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed the bill on March 20.

The move was designed to make Kansas more competitive with surrounding states. The bill was supported by Hill’s and the Topeka chamber of commerce.

(Thanks Mike)

67 Responses to “Hill’s To Build Pet Food Plant In Emporia”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Please sign this petition against MF and testing of animals and pass the link along. It’s true, these companies - the pet food industry as a whole is cruel and disgusting.

    I hope they all lose their #$%@ financially. I for one will NEVER purchase commercial pet food again and I will make it a point to “educate” everyone I know on the truth about pet food ingredients and pet food company practices of cruel experimentation on healthy animals.


  2. Anonymous says:

    Here’s the link again: to stop animal testing by MF. Even though we have all stopped feeding our pets the food made from MF, there are still the test animals that have no choice - they need a voice as well!


  3. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm, the Russians obviously know something about our products that we DON’T….

    this is a bit nervewracking…


    Export Requirements for Russia

    RU-153 (May 24, 2007)

    Note: Asterisks (*) indicate the most recent revision to these requirements. To search, click on your browser’s “Edit” menu, then click on “Find (on this page)”. Enter “*” in the “Find What” field, then click “Find” or “Find Next” until all asterisks have been identified.

    Eligible/Ineligible Product

    Poultry and poultry products (including bulk-packed ground poultry)
    Pork and pork products
    Baby food containing beef imported from Australia and/or New Zealand is eligible for export to Russia.

    Beef and beef products and bison meat and bison meat products are currently ineligible. However, deboned beef, bone-in beef, and beef byproducts derived from cattle under 30 months of age will be eligible from production establishments and cold storages that are approved after joint U.S.-Russia on-site inspection. The beef and beef byproducts must be derived from cattle raised in the United States and must be processed in a manner to prevent contamination with brain, spinal cord, eyes, skull, and vertebral column regardless of the age of the animal. Eligible beef and beef byproducts must be produced under an approved AMS Export Verification (EV) program for beef to Russia. Information about the EV program for Russia can be obtained from the following website: http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsg/arc/bev.htm. Production establishments interested in export of beef to Russia should contact AMS. AMS will maintain a list of establishments that comply with the additional requirements identified above on the EV program website. Cold storage establishments interested in export of beef to Russia should notify the U.S. Meat Export Federation (MEF) of their interest. USDA, in conjunction with MEF, will use the production plant and cold storage lists to develop a schedule of on-site plant inspections by Russian officials. Establishments seeking approval to export to Russia should contact AMS or MEF by December 8, 2006.
    Red meat - Importation of ground red meat, packaged in bulk form or in the form of meat patties, is prohibited by the Russian authorities.
    Lamb, sheep, and goat products. However, fully cooked, canned baby food containing lamb is eligible for export to Russia.
    Consumer size packages of ground poultry, mechanically deboned poultry, and giblets are not eligible for export to Russia.
    Meat and Poultry imported into the United States from third countries
    Beef products originating from animals raised in states with counties which have had confirmed bovine cases of vesicular stomatitis within the last 12 months.
    Horsemeat originating from establishments located in the State of Texas.
    Fresh/frozen poultry meat derived from birds raised or processed in the State of West Virginia and slaughtered on or after April 1, 2007. Meat derived from birds slaughtered prior to April 1, 2007 continues to be eligible.
    Fresh/frozen poultry meat derived from birds raised or processed in the State of Minnesota and slaughtered on or after May 2, 2007. Meat derived from birds slaughtered prior to May 2, 2007 continues to be eligible.*

  4. YaYa says:

    Interesting, All of it but the last part about the Poultry makes me do a double take. April 1, 2007 and the other May 2, 2007 both on poultry; wonder what the H___ is going on There?
    Of course it seems to be standard practice for the Gov. dept and agencies to take MONTHS to pubish and reports.
    {Which should be easier/faster with the use of Computers!}

    Wonder what ‘buggie’ is, in the Poultry for them to reject it?
    It couldn’t be Avian Flu could it? Hmmmmmmmmm
    Ya just rarely hear about Poultry “having problems” in the USA. It’s usually beef.
    Canada has had some show up in the last 2 years or so.
    That’s not that ‘far away’ and long enough for it to arrive here.
    Anyone heard of ny “quiet” culling in Minnesota?????

    Of course if there Was a ‘problem’ we’d hear about it in let’s say another 4 month!
    Swifty= “the USDA and FDA” do drag their feet ALOT!
    You KNOW they can get Info out Faster!

    Very interesting report Anon. Thanks.

    The beef stomastitis suprised me. Hadn’t heard about that one being an Issue or being ‘abundant’. Wonder if it’s caused by Antibiotic or virus or bacteria or what. Maybe Elaine knows off the top of her head on that one.
    On the butchering of the Beef- the Russians are as tight on requirements as the Japanese are.

    Minnesota has also has been the ource for several Meat {beef} recalls in the past few months as well. {e-coli}

    Time for more research. I’ve not looked into the MEF before.

  5. Elaine says:

    May 2nd was probably about the time that the melachicken hit the market! WE weren’t allowed to know which company was shipping melachicken, but perhaps the Russians knew.

  6. Elaine says:

    VS is not a biggie if humans catch it, and they rarely do, it is a biggie for the farmer because of loss of production, etc.:

    What is VS and where does it occur?

    VS is caused by a virus (family Rhabdoviridae, genus Vesiculovirus) and there are two major serotypes, New Jersey and Indiana. VS has a wide host range, primarily affecting horses, cattle, and swine. In addition, sheep, goats, camilids and various species of wild animals (deer, bobcats, raccoons, monkeys) can become infected with VS. VS is considered a minor zoonosis, as humans can become infected, but human cases are rare even during an animal epidemic. In humans, VS infection may produce a flu-like illness lasting 3-4 days.

    The incubation period ranges from 2 to 8 days. Clinical signs include excess salivation, fever, and vesicular lesions of the mouth, hooves, and teats (in dairy cows). These clinical signs can lead to decreased food and water intake, and lameness. Generally, the proportion of animals in a herd that show clinical signs varies from 5 to 10 percent of animals, however, up to 80 percent of dairy cattle herds have become affected. Affected animals recover in around 2 weeks and death is rare.

    Transmission of VS can occur in several ways. The virus can be transmitted by insect vectors such as black flies and sand flies. Transmission can also occur by direct contact with saliva or fluid from ruptured vesicles. Mechanical transmission from contaminated objects is also possible. Control measures include quarantine of affected premises, isolation of affected animals from healthy animals, insect control, stabling of animals, use of protective measures such as gloves when handling affected animals, and disinfection of equipment.

    Worldwide, VS is limited to North, Central, and South America. VS is endemic from northern South America to southern Mexico and outbreaks occur yearly in these areas. VS outbreaks occur seasonally and are usually more frequent in the rainy season in tropical areas, however, in some countries, outbreaks are associated with the dry season. In temperate areas, outbreaks typically occur in the spring or summer and generally disappear at the first frost.

    VS is considered an economically important livestock disease. Livestock producers may experience production losses and restrictions on animal movement. VS causes additional concern because the clinical signs of VS are similar to two other important foreign animal diseases, foot-and-mouth disease and swine vesicular disease.

    Sources: OIE Animal Diseases Data: Vesicular Stomatitis, 2002; USDA, APHIS, VS Factsheet for Vesicular Stomatitis, http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/.....ahvs.html; Rodriquez LL, Emergence and re-emergence of vesicular stomatitis in the United States. 2002. Virus Research, 85:211-219; Bridges VE, McCluskey BJ, Salman M.D, Hurd HS, Dick J. Review of the 1995 vesicular stomatitis outbreak in the western United States. 1997. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 211:556-560.

  7. Elaine says:

    This statement from the Russian list is the reason MOST of our trading partners won’t accept U.S. beef! Because they know we import beef here from other countries with BSE problems, and we won’t label it as to country of origin.

    I think the South Korean beef trade agreement says that they WILL accept our beef IF we assure them it is not of Canada origin.

    “Meat and Poultry imported into the United States from third countries”

    It bothers me A LOT that other countries recognize that we need to know where the meat comes from, and U.S. consumers are just told to eat it, it won’t hurt us because of the “dilution factor”! GRRR!!!

  8. petslave says:

    & what’s with banning the horsemeat from texas? encephalitis? West Nile?

    “Horsemeat originating from establishments located in the State of Texas.”

  9. petslave says:

    wow, they must really be on top of what’s going on over here! more so than most of us I’d say.

  10. Elaine says:

    I think that an outbreak of vesicular stomatitis was in horses in Texas. Read my post about VS above, and I think that I saw that on the FSIS website.

  11. Trudy Jackson says:

    Russia seems to be up on a lot more than We are right here? Or are they just saying more, and our Gov. won’t say a damn thing. At least they are protecting their people. More than our FDA.

  12. Krista says:


    USDA Says Testing All Cows for BSE is Not Necessary
    USAgNet - 05/30/2007

    The Bush administration said Tuesday IT WILL FIGHT TO KEEP MEATPACKERS FROM TESTING all their animals for mad cow disease. The Agriculture Department TESTS LESS THAN ONE PERCENT OF SLAUGHTERED COWS FOR THE DISEASE , which can be fatal to humans who eat tainted beef. But Kansas-based Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wants to test all of its cows.

    LARGER MEAT COMANIES FEARED that move because, if Creekstone tested its meat and advertised it as safe, they might have to perform the expensive test, too.

    According to the Associated Press, the Agriculture Department regulates the test and argued that widespread testing could lead to a false positive that would harm the meat industry.

    A federal judge ruled in March that such tests must be allowed. U.S. District Judge James Robertson noted that Creekstone sought to use the same test the government relies on and said the government didn’t have the authority to restrict it.

    The ruling was to take effect Friday, but the Agriculture Department said Tuesday it would appeal.

  13. Trudy Jackson says:

    Mittens, I just had a chance to go back and read Your links on monsanto. This makes Me so sick. We live in the south, everything around us is sprayed. And My husband is a Deisel mechanic. I think it’s time We moved. I really do. If the Chinese don’t get us, then Monsanto will. Anyone have a clean place to live in?
    Now, i’m going to try and find what they spray here. It will probably scare Me to death. thanks for writing the link,

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  17. ingiltere vizesi says:

    These are not surprising my anymore, but thanks..

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