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SHELDON, Iowa -- Ground was broken in September for what Deluxe Feed Inc. officials project to be a 20-month-long expansion project at its Sheldon facility.

Five new pellets mills, high-efficiency packaging equipment, grain cleaning and packaging innovations, two separate processing lines and a 50,000-square-foot warehouse are all part of the new addition, according to a press release from Deluxe, a division of the Muscatine-based Kent Nutrition Group.

All told, the company is spending $37 million on this expansion, which will generate $330,000 in new annual tax dollars for Sheldon and create 15 additional jobs in the O’Brien County community of about 5,300.

“At Kent Nutrition Group, we recognize the importance of animal agriculture to the economy in this area of the country,” Dan Paca, Deluxe Feeds general manager, said in a release. “With the groundbreaking of our new facility, we are sharing our vision for growth and providing our customers with the quality products and service they need to help be successful.”

Deluxe manufactures livestock feed. The new plant will increase volume and the flexibility of the operation while providing more products and service to swine, dairy and beef customers in a four-state area.

The new project is expected to be completed by winter 2019. This is the fourth time since 2003 Deluxe has made an expansion to its Sheldon plant.

“We have been making continuous improvements in our various facilities in order to deliver the quality products and services that our customers expect from our Kent brand,” Mike Gauss, KNG’s vice president of operations, said in a release.

“This new state-of-the-art feed mill with its extended capabilities will increase capacity and versatility, so we can continue to produce our quality animal nutrition products, something that is a top priority at each of our KNG plants.”

Deluxe was acquired by Kent in 2016.

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