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New $70 million Tuffy's plant opens in Perham

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Perham, MN (WDAY TV) - On Wednesday, Tuffy's in Perham, Minnesota, celebrated the expansion of its $70 million pet food plant.

It's the grand opening of the new state-of-the-art facility, but Tuffy's means more than just pet food for the Perham community.

Dan Schmitz- Tuffy's Pet Foods National Sales Manager: "If there was not a new plant, we would've had issues where we couldn't have any more customers because we were full."

Tuffy's is one of four major plants in Perham owned by the company KLN. They also produce candy, chocolate, and potato chips. Nearly half of the 3,000-person town works for KLN.

Schmitz: "Currently KLN employs around 1,400. It's needless to say a great impact for our community."

Providing jobs is important, but these conveyor belts are running for other reasons.

Schmitz: "More importantly, just the efficiency of being able to run the food quicker. Also, the food safety is such a big part of it."

The plant will now be able to make 50% more dog food, 180,000 tons, more quickly and safely.

The new facility is 130,000 square feet.

The old plant will continue to be used to make soft dog treats.

Tuffy's has been making pet food for more than 50 years.

Katy Wilson

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