Blackford County, Indiana (July 11, 2016) – Naturally Recycled Proteins (NRP), a leading supplier to the pet food industry, announced today that it will be investing nearly $10 million in Montpelier. The company will add approximately 24,000 square feet to its existing facility and create 6 new jobs.
“Since our initial investment here in 2011, we have been thrilled with the success of our Montpelier operation,” said Al Koch, Chief Executive Officer of NRP. “The community, workforce, and business climate make this location a great choice for NRP’s growth and we are excited to make this investment.”
NRP produces protein additives for various pet foods found on retail shelves around the world. In 2011, NRP selected Blackford County as the location for its third manufacturing facility. The company currently occupies a 48,000 square foot state-of-the-art building and employs nearly 50 workers in Montpelier. NRP also operates similar facilities in Iowa and Nebraska.
Today, the City of Montpelier approved tax abatements for NRP to support the investment. Mayor Kathy Bantz remarked, “NRP is critically important to our City and an excellent corporate citizen. The City is pleased to partner with Mr. Koch and his team to foster the company’s growth here in Montpelier.”
The company is part of a valuable cluster of recycling companies in Blackford County. In addition to NRP, many successful recycling companies call Blackford County home, including: Hartford City Quality Pallet, Hartford Iron & Metal, New-Indy Containerboard, Petoskey Plastics, Reflective Industries, Recycling Resource, and ShaLee Oils. These companies together employ almost 400 Hoosiers.
About Naturally Recycled Proteins
Naturally Recycled Proteins was formed in 2003 to provide naturally processed protein additives to pet food manufacturers. The company implements a non-rendered, patented, natural enzymatic system to process various proteins into a value added ingredient for a number of the top pet food companies in the world. The key ingredient is utilized as a chicken and egg flavor additive into final pet food product formulations found in retailers nationwide. Most U.S. based retailers carry one or more products in their current retail mix with a protein source from Naturally Recycled Proteins.
About Blackford County
In 2015, SmartAsset.com ranked Hartford City as the most affordable housing market in Indiana. Blackford County Schools consistently perform well above state averages on the statewide ISTEP+ test and offer a wide selection of curricular options for college and career bound students. Blackford County is the home of NASA Astronaut Colonel Kevin Ford who recently served as Commander of Expedition 34. For more information about growing a business in Blackford County, visit www.BlackfordIndiana.com or contact Colton Bickel at colton@BlackfordIndiana.com.