"We have a very vibrant, growing customer base here," said Jim Flora, Blue Seal executive vice president.
Within a 60-mile radius of the plant are 275,000 cows and within a 250-mile radius are 430,000 horses, Flora said. In that same 250-mile radius are more than 20 million consumers known to have pets, such as cats, dogs, rabbits and wild birds.
The Washington County plant employs 23 people now, said Al Ames, vice president of dairy marketing. Eventually, the plant will employ 85 people. How quickly that happens depends on how fast the business grows, he said.
The 129-year-old New England-based company is expanding into the mid-Atlantic region with this plant, Ames said.
Some of the feed production at the company's Arcade, N.Y., plant will be transferred to the Washington County plant as company officials push Blue Seal further south, Ames said.
The company's new plant includes 27 bins that can store up to 5,000 tons of ingredients, Ames said. The plant will not store feed because it is manufactured to order and immediately distributed.