Pet Food Manufacturing

Area of Expertise

The animal food industry in Kansas supports a total of 18,768 jobs in the state. Pet food manufacturers located in the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, that spans to Concordia, represent 61% of the total pet food sales in the U.S.

Uniquely Matched

The North Central Kansas region is uniquely suited to this industry with access to raw materials needed to serve the pet and animal food industry, including grains and other commodities. The Cloud County Co-op specializes in making rolled and mixed rations, offers pre-bagged feed, and custom-made animal feed.

Kansas and the greater region surrounding Cloud County have a high concentration (location quotient) of pet food manufacturing industries. Location quotient (LQ) is a way of quantifying how concentrated a particular sector is in a region as compared to the nation. For example, the Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing  LQ in CloudCorp’s region is 33.56, which means that this industry is 33 times more concentrated in the CloudCorp region than the typical region.

IndustryGreater Region LQKansas LQ
Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing (NAICS 311111)33.5610.16
Other Animal Food Manufacturing (NAICS 311119)4.283.94

(Source: Emsi, 2020)

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Companies in the agribusiness industry benefit from a dedicated workforce. Several educational institutions in the region offer programs on agribusiness, such as agriculture production, agriculture equipment technology, automated controls technology, etc. 

Operators in this industry will also find competitive wages with the state and national averages.

SOCDescriptionCloud County WagesRegional WagesKansas WagesUS Wages
51-9023Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$20.34 $16.88$18.89 $18.17
51-9111Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders $16.12$15.29$16.55 $14.90
51-3092 Food Batchmakers$11.43$12.15$13.41$14.78
53-3032Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers$18.00$19.12$21.71 $21.66
53-7062Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand$14.71 $14.69$15.32$14.18
51-1011First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers$26.71 $27.06$28.96 $29.35
53-7051Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators$17.47 $17.70$17.99 $17.39
41-4012Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products$24.50$26.54$29.44$28.57
49-9071Maintenance and Repair Workers, General$15.23$16.04 $17.37$18.77
43-9061Office Clerks, General$12.69 $12.83$13.45 $16.37

(Source: Emsi, 2020)

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