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Former food processing plant in Shelby purchased by Perdue Farms

A U.S. food and agriculture company is investing in a new Oceana County facility where it will also add nearly 100 new jobs.

In the Village of Shelby a former food processing facility has been purchased by Perdue Farms. The Salisbury, Maryland-based company is investing $27 million to renovate the structure.

This is where the family-owned business will produce Perdue Foods pet treats Spot Farms and Full Moon brands. Purdue explained demand for human-grade pet treats is driving the investment which will create 99 new jobs.

Ryan Perdue is Vice President and General Manager of Perdue’s Pet Business. He said, “The central location of this facility in Michigan will help us drive efficiencies in our supply chain, improve freight costs, enable access to a strong local workforce, and allow for multiple phases of expansion within the property’s existing footprint.”

The Oceana County project is receiving a grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.