US-based private-label and contract manufacturer Red Collar Pet Foods is to expand its production facility in Clinton, Oklahoma.

The US$5.7m project will see an 85,000 sq ft warehouse will be built on the south side of the existing building. Construction is set to begin at end of the year.

Franklin, Tennessee-based Red Collar said it needs the extra production capacity to help meet the high demand for its products,

Greg Wolking, the company’s chief operating officer, said: “The Clinton plant continues to be one of the fastest-growing plants in Red Collar Pet Foods’ coast-to-coast network. When completed, the warehouse expansion enables capacity for future growth and additional hiring.”

The workforce at the Clinton facility is 111. Nationwide, Red Collar has almost 800 employees at its six manufacturing facilities and its corporate offices in Franklin.

Red Collar Pet Foods was created in December 2018 as a result of Arbor Investments’ acquisition of Mars Petcare’s Exclusive Brands business.

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