By Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) - Blue Buffalo Pet Products says it will build a new manufacturing plant and research and development center in Richmond, creating up to 165 jobs.

The Connecticut-based pet food maker announced Tuesday it will invest more than $100 million to build and equip the production and distribution facility on 89 acres in the eastern Indiana city.

The 14-year-old company sells natural foods and treats for dogs and cats that are sold nationwide through pet specialty retailers. Blue Buffalo is the fourth pet food producer to locate operations in Wayne County.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says it offered the company up to $1.62 million in conditional tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. It says Wayne County and the city of Richmond have approved additional incentives.

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