Jun 01, 2016 02:34 AM EDT

Jobs In Indiana Opens 165 Positions For Blue Buffalo Pet Products

By Jane Reed

"This is a very big day for Blue Buffalo," exclaimed Bill Bishop, chairman and founder of Blue Buffalo. The natural pet food maker is building a new manufacturing facility in Richmond, Indiana.

About 165 new jobs will be opened in the state through the company's subsidiary, Heartland Pet Food.

The state of the art addition is Blue Buffalo's second plant in America. It will include a research and development center. Business Facilities has it that the company's goal is to increase production since it will have two modern facilities in the whole pet food industry. The development includes 165 full time jobs for Richmond, Indiana resident locals. They will be opening up positions in food processing, food quality assurance and general management. Blue Buffalo has been manufacturing a line of natural pet food for domestic cats and dogs.

"I'm excited to welcome Blue Buffalo to Indiana, which is home to the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the nation," said Governor Mike Pence. "As the best state in the Midwest for business, Indiana offers low costs and taxes, reduced corporate regulations and a skilled Hoosier workforce. Manufacturers created 3,300 new jobs in April alone, growing at a rate that ranks second in the nation, because Indiana is a state that works."

According to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Pet Food Business has been offered $1,625,000 in tax credit incentives. "This is a huge breakthrough for the city of Richmond and our entire area," announced Richmond Mayor Dave Snow. The state's leaders are excited at the partnership between the city and corporations. The job growth in the city is something they are looking forward to as it will ensure its footprint on the national map for economic development.

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