- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

AUBURN, Ky. (AP) - A Canadian pet food company has broken ground on a planned manufacturing plant in southern Kentucky.

Champion Petfoods held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday in Auburn for Kentucky Kitchens, the first establishment in the United States that will follow the company’s mission of using local ingredients to make their pet food.

The Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/WKkb7O ) that Champion will invest $85 million in the project.

Kentucky Kitchens is expected to employ 147 people and use ingredients from local farmers.

The facility is set to open Jan. 1, 2016.

Gov. Steve Beshear says the new facility shows the company’s confidence in the community and state.

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Information from: Daily News, https://www.bgdailynews.com

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