SHELDON, Iowa | Deluxe Feeds Inc. announced a $37 million expansion at its Sheldon, Iowa, plant Thursday.

The 50,000-square-foot addition will create 15 new jobs in the O’Brien County city of about 5,300 when completed, according to a press release from Deluxe, a division of Muscatine-based Kent Nutrition Group.

“This investment and expansion reflects our deep commitment to the industry,” Gage A. Kent, Chairman and CEO of Kent Corporation, said in a release. “We are focused on providing innovative products and solutions to address the challenges and opportunities our customers face both today and in the future.”

The new addition will increase capacity and versatility by adding five new pellet mills, two separate processing lines, high-efficiency packaging equipment, robotic palletizers, grain cleaning and packaging innovations.

Deluxe currently employs 33 people in Sheldon, according to Curt Strouth, community development director of the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation. He noted the investment will result in $330,000 in annual taxes for the city.

This is the fourth time since 2003 Deluxe has made an expansion to its Sheldon plant.

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