Blue Buffalo plant in Richmond will bring 165 jobs

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

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New plant coming to Richmond with 150+ jobs

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

National pet food manufacturer Blue Buffalo has selected Richmond, Ind. for its next manufacturing plant.

Construction will start this summer, and once the plant opens in March 2018 it will bring the city 165 jobs to start, said Richmond Mayor Dave Snow. The jobs will pay an average $17 an hour.

“It’ll be a good opportunity for jobs here in Richmond, and Richmond needs good jobs,” said Tom Hutchins, a Richmond farmer, owns land next to the 90 acres where Blue Buffalo will be developed.

Snow said the project will prompt an infrastructure upgrade around the entire industrial park.

“What you’re going to see first is a giant upgrade to the roads connecting around,” Snow said. “That’s going to benefit the entire industrial park.”

Snow said this “huge development” will help put Richmond on the national map when it comes to economic development.

“When you land a brand like Blue Buffalo that puts a star on your city, and we already have other pet food manufacturers here,” Snow said.