RUSHVILLE, IND. — Diamond Pet Foods released an update on its expansion in Indiana, revealing that its new facility in Rushville will be operational in 2024. The company has invested $259 million in the facility, which is expected to create 170 new jobs.

“We couldn’t be prouder to welcome one of the world’s largest privately held pet food manufacturers to Indiana’s thriving economic ecosystem,” said Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb. “The Crossroads of America is where agriculture and innovation perfectly intersect, and precisely where our number one ranked infrastructure program, high quality of place and access to talent all contribute to support Diamond’s impressive goals and growth. I’m confident, together, we’ll find success in Indiana for generations to come.”  

The new 700,000-square-foot facility will house manufacturing and distribution space, increasing Diamond’s output to its Midwest consumers. The facility will be the company’s first in Indiana.

“We are excited to choose Rushville for its proximity to suppliers as well as the community’s skilled workforce,” said Mike Kampeter, president of Diamond Pet Foods. “This new state-of-the-art facility will allow us to continue offering quality pet food at prices pet parents can feel good about. We look forward to adding Rushville and Indiana to the Diamond family.”

According to the company, it was prompted to increase its presence in the Midwest following growing demand for more pet food, as well as an increase in pet ownership throughout the United States.  Diamond initially announced its plans for the new facility in December 2021, originally pledging a $200 million investment in the project.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) has provided up to $1.5 million in incentive-based tax credits and up to $300,000 from the Industrial Development Grant Fund to help support Diamond’s construction of the facility.

“Rushville is truly fortunate to have Diamond Pet Foods growing their company here,” said Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey. “The leadership of Diamond Pet Foods understands rural communities. They will have a positive impact to Rush County for generations.”

Diamond’s Indiana facility will join its existing operations throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, South Carolina and California. The company currently has more than 1,000 employees.

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