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THE ANIMAL HEALTH CORRIDOR'S IMPORTANCE TO PET FOOD

to a customer's location, the Kansas
City Airport is conveniently located
just an hour-and-a-half away. Both
of these allow us to have a highly
technical company in the small town
we love."
However, along with the smalltown love comes small-town issues,

something more than just a high
school diploma is required, but a lack
of 'technical/vo-tech' training opportunities in the area is not helping the
situation." 
Even so, the much-lauded
"Midwest work ethic" is in full
display in the Corridor, something

"We do face challenges in
the corridor related to labor, but
given the importance of pet food
and food manufacturing for the
work force in the area we have
seen some of the regional educational institutions responding
with support through their offerings," said Bob Niehues, director
of commercial development for
northeast Kansas-based ADM
Crosswind. The ADM Crosswind
facilities have roots in the area
dating back to the 1980s, and
over the years has expanded its
business in the Corridor to align
with market demand for pet food
and treats. The company has also
been expanding its investments
in animal health and nutrition
research and development, notably
through ADM's acquisition of
Crosswind Industries in 2017.

the companies located there say
somewhat offsets the labor pool's
limitations.
"The challenges Wenger faces
by being in Sabetha are the
same as any significantly sized
company has being in a relatively
small town - namely, the limitation on work force numbers,"
said Funk. "However, we are
exceptionally lucky this region of
Kansas holds its roots in a strong
work ethic and people dedicated
to the long-term growth of their
community. This has allowed
Wenger to maximize our labor
pool and develop a business with
world-class skilled labor."
Alongside that, academia is stepping up in the area to promote the
future of the industry.

The Corridor's future as a
pet food industry hub

NorthWind says technology has allowed the
company to flourish in spite of being located
in the somewhat rural area the Corridor is
known for. | Photo courtesy NorthWind Technical Services

including a limited labor force and
an exodus of the current generation to higher population areas (and
the opportunities those areas can
provide).
"Northeast Kansas and Southeast Nebraska are low population
areas, both in terms of the size of the
communities and the surrounding
counties," said Krehbiel. "At the
same time, within these communities/counties the unemployment rates
are among the lowest in the nation,
so competition for jobs is typically
pretty intense. Generationally, there
are fewer college graduates wanting
to return to these communities as
once was the case. The types of
technical skills that are required
to operate these plants (and all the
equipment within them) dictate that

Given both the benefits and the
challenges of the Animal Health
Corridor, those in the pet food
industry who call it home say the
pros far outweigh the cons, and
the future looks bright.
"The Sabetha area will
continue to play a very important role in animal health as the
area companies, along with their
employees, understand the importance of providing unique solutions to this industry," said Rachel
Ulreich, marketing specialist
for Extru-Tech Inc. Founded in
1985 in Sabetha, Extru-Tech first
entered the extrusion industry
by supplying rebuilt extrusion
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How pet food can reduce waste, use more ingredients
Speaking of…
News and Calendar
Shameless Pets upcycles for eco-friendly dog treats
Transparency a complex issue for the pet food industry
The animal health corridor’s importance to pet food
Pet food companies give back in 2019
AAFCO holds annual meeting, Part 2: pet food activities
Whole soybeans: Why hasn’t pet food found this ingredient?
Current top trends in pet treats and chews
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - November 2019 - How pet food can reduce waste, use more ingredients
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