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Freeze-dried pet food ingredient maker to build plant in Seward with nearly 100 jobs
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Freeze-dried pet food ingredient maker to build plant in Seward with nearly 100 jobs


Scoular plans to build a plant in Seward.

An Omaha-based company has announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Seward, which is expected to create nearly 100 jobs.

Scoular, a company that buys, sells, stores and transports grain, feed ingredients and food ingredients, said Wednesday that a subsidiary company will build a new freeze-drying facility in Seward. The facility, a $50 million investment, will establish Scoular’s new freeze-dried pet food ingredients platform.

“For 126 years, Scoular has invested in the people of Nebraska. We are excited to build on this legacy and advance our strategy with a unique facility that brings all phases of the freeze-drying manufacturing process under one roof,” Scoular CEO Paul Maass said in a news release.

“It was clear to us following an extensive national search that Seward is an ideal community for us to join and grow together. We are excited to begin this process with the people of Seward.

"This facility will provide our pet food customers a simplified and efficient ingredient supply chain, while meeting the fast-growing demand for freeze-dried protein ingredients,” Maass said.

Seward Mayor Josh Eickmeier said in the news release that the Scoular plant will be the largest industrial facility to come to the community of 7,000 people since Tenneco, which was then called Walker, built its plant there more than 40 years ago.

"We are very excited to welcome Scoular to the Seward community," he said.

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for June to mark the start of construction on the approximately 105,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at the Seward/Lincoln Regional Rail Campus south of Seward on Nebraska 15. Construction will take about 14-16 months.

Scoular said one of the many reasons Seward was chosen was the available labor pool. 



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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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