This pet treat manufacturer is on track to grow sales by 500% since 2017, primarily producing extruded and co-extruded dental and long-lasting chews at its 96,000-square-foot facility in the heart of America.
Prior to J-Six purchasing Kansas City Treats, the treat manufacturing facility had obtained Safe Quality Food (SQF) Food Safety Code (formerly known as SQF Level 2) certification. The plant has maintained that certification under J-Six ownership. In just three years as part of the J-Six family, Kansas City Treats has grown from $5 million in annual sales to a projected $30 million in 2020.
From left: Wade Willming, vice president of sales; Buddy; Lexi; and Troy Kramer, co-owner.
One of the two production lines features two TX-85 twin-screw extruders from Wenger, Sabetha, Kan. Depending on the product, the twin-screw extruders have the option to feed to either a Tafco static dryer, a robotically loaded custom dryer or a Wenger cooling system for extruded and co-extruded dental or long-lasting chews.
The other production line features a Wenger TX-144 twin-screw extruder feeding an Extru-Tech sanitary, two-pass, horizontal dryer for dry treats and resins. The addition of this dryer system has had a positive impact on plant efficiency for Kansas City Treats.