DELPHOS, OHIO — D&D Ingredient Distributors announced Aug. 23 it will soon complete two significant capital expansion projects, including the expansion of its transloading facilities and a brand-new, 62,000-square foot warehouse. These capital expansions will benefit the company’s pet food and feed processing customers.
The new warehouse in Delphos will be equipped with an automated inventory management system with the capacity to manage 6,500 pallet positions. The new management system will be integrated with D&D Ingredient’s existing system, which currently tracks traceability, supplier and quality assurance data for more than 750 products.
The company is also building out its bin volume capacity, adding two bins holding 1,000 tons each, to expand its bulk rail and truck transloading operations in Delphos. The idea behind this upgrade is to provide faster, more flexible bulk ingredient conversion services, the company stated, whether they are rail-to-truck or bulk package-to-truck.
D&D Ingredient Distributors operates three transloading sites in Delphos, which are serviced by CFE and can load bulk pet food and feed ingredients into both hopper and pneumatic bulk trailers. Last year, the company expanded capacity at these locations to accommodate up to 20 additional rail cars.
“Our expanded, state-of-the-art warehouse and transloading facilities offer animal feed and pet food manufacturers extraordinary speed and flexibility in short and long term storage as well as bulk ingredient conversion,” said Arnie Miller, president of D&D Ingredient Distributors.
As the pet food and treat market continues to grow and evolve, D&D Ingredient Distributors aims to provide “superior logistical flexibility and technical expertise” to help manufacturers better source, trace and incorporate on-trend ingredients into their formulas, including ancient grains, grain-free proteins, organic and non-GMO ingredients.
“These products contain an increasingly diverse variety of nontraditional ingredients with rigorous technical specifications and quality requirements,” commented Mike Wright, director of operations and business development. “…Today, making successful products for dynamic feed and pet food markets means manufacturers must constantly adjust or even rethink their ingredient sources and supply chains.”
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