Simmons Feed Ingredients, an affiliate of Simmons Foods Inc., held a July 31 ribbon-cutting ceremony for its 72,000-square-foot ingredient facility in Siloam Springs.
The company has invested an estimated $30 million in the facility since 2015 where it will produce fresh and frozen meat ingredients for pet food manufacturers. The company expects the new facility’s operations will create 78 jobs.
“This wet ingredient facility is a model for the future of high-quality ingredient production for pet food manufacturers,” said Todd Simmons, CEO at Simmons Foods and a member of the Northwest Arkansas Council. “This new facility enables our team here to safely and reliably produce the highest quality, customizable ingredients for Simmons Feed Ingredients’ customers.”
Simmons Foods Inc. and its affiliates are producers of poultry, pet food and ingredient products. They are one of the state’s largest private companies with more than 1,000 people in its Siloam Springs operations. Simmons Feed Ingredients, Inc. combines proprietary processes and its extensive experience in food production to develop innovative, top-quality ingredients for pet food manufacturers.
Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, joined the Simmons leadership and local officials at the July 31 event.
“Simmons Foods has a long history of investing in Arkansas,” Preston said. “Through the establishment of this new facility, the company is making another significant commitment to doing business in the state. Arkansas has a large presence in food processing and this expansion is a testament to our strength in this sector.”
Founded in 1949, Simmons Foods has been known for its business foresight, innovation, and loyalty to its customers and community. Some customer relationships go back almost 50 years. In the late 1990s, the company began to concentrate on business-to-business customers.