Simmons Pet Foods Moves Forward With Project in Dubuque

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

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Simmons Foods is moving forward with plans to develop the former Flexsteel facility at 501 Seippel Road for a new pet food manufacturing operation in the Dubuque Industrial Center South. Simmons is the sixth-largest pet food manufacturer in the United States, producing both dry and wet food products. 
The project includes plans to hire 138 workers in the first phase and a total 271 new employees over the next three years with an average starting wage of $22.18. The project has qualified and approved for both state and local incentives. 

In reviewing the project, consideration was given to the potential for strong odors. Greater Dubuque Development President and CEO, Rick Dickinson, anonymously visited the Simmons plant in Emporia, Kansas to clear the air. While pet food production can be associated with foul odors, it was not an issue at the Emporia facility. Based on his interactions, he said that the neighbors and employees had positive things to report. “Good neighbor, good jobs, good pay!”

Simmons Pet Foods has started recruitment efforts in the community. Career postings can be viewed on 


Simmons Pet Foods Presentation to the Dubuque City Council on December 11, 2020

To watch the entire Dubuque City Council meeting, visit their website.

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