OMAHA, Neb., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc. has announced the acquisition of a state-of-the-art production facility from MGP Ingredients, Inc., effective August 21, 2009. The sale of the Kansas City, Kan., facility includes all equipment used for the production and packaging of pet-related products, which principally includes extruded plant-based resins and finished pet treats. MGPI will retain ownership of equipment used for the production of the company's Wheatex(R) line of textured wheat proteins, sold for use in meat extension and vegetarian products. This equipment is located in a separate section of the production facility and will be operated under a toll manufacturing arrangement between Sergeant's and MGPI.
"Our purchase of the Kansas City facility from MGPI allows us to expand production of our formulated pet treats, some of which include Sergeant's SteakHouse(R), Sniffers(R) and DentaFresh(R). The formulated pet treats category is an area of great opportunity for Sergeant's, and expanding our production capacity will put us in a unique position to meet increased consumer demand," said Bob Scharf, chief executive officer of Sergeant's. "This acquisition marks the continuation of the tremendous growth we've experienced over the last several years."
"We are very pleased with the acquisition of the Kansas City facility by Sergeant's Pet Care Products, an innovator in the pet industry. We look forward to maintaining our relationship through their involvement in the production of our line of Wheatex(R) ingredients. The sale of this facility along with assets related to the manufacture of pet products supports our increased focus on our core areas of business," said Tim Newkirk, MGPI president and chief executive officer.
In addition to manufacturing and packaging space and equipment, the facility includes administrative offices, a product testing and quality assurance lab, warehousing and shipping areas, and material storage silos. The entire complex is situated on a 27-acre site. Sergeant's has acquired approximately half of that acreage.
About MGP Ingredients
In business since 1941, MGP Ingredients, Inc. is a recognized pioneer in the development and production of natural grain-based ingredients and alcohol products for the branded packaged goods industry. Their core market categories include the food and beverage industries, where they provide value-added ingredient solutions and world class vodka and gin; and a variety of market categories that utilize their food grade industrial alcohol, including personal hygiene products, pharmaceuticals, condiments, flavorings and cleansing agents. The company has facilities in Atchison, Kan., Pekin, Ill., and Onaga, Kan. that utilize the latest technologies to assure high quality products and to maintain efficient production and service capabilities.
About Sergeant's Pet Care Products
Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc., is based in Omaha, Neb. USA, and is a leading supplier of pet supplies including flea and tick remedies, health and well-being products, natural and formulated treats, rawhide chews, toys, accessories, dental and aquatics. Sergeant's has been caring for pets since 1868, and is America's oldest full-line pet supplies company with one of the most trusted names in pet care. For more information, visit the Sergeant's web site at www.sergeants.com.
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