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Naturally Recycled Proteins to Locate New Facility in Blackford County


MONTPELIER, IND. (July 19, 2011) - Naturally Recycled Proteins (NRP), a leading manufacturer of protein additivies for various pet foods, announced today that it will be building a new facility in Montpelier. The company will create up to 68 jobs and invest $15 million in a new state-of-the art facility.

“This is a significant step forward for the residents of Montpelier and Blackford County,” said James McPherson, Mayor of the City of Montpelier.  “It has been a pleasure working with Al Koch and other NRP executives each day for the past several months as we finalized this project. NRP is a wonderful company that will be a tremendous asset to Montpelier and we welcome them to the community.”


The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered NRP up to $475,000 in performance-based tax credits based on the company’s job creation plans. The city of Montpelier will provide additional property tax abatement at the request of the Blackford County Economic Development Corporation.


“We are excited about welcoming Naturally Recycled Proteins to our state and especially excited about bringing new opportunities to the people of Blackford County,” said Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. “We have worked hard to create a competitive businesses climate for companies to thrive, and there is no question that Naturally Recycled Proteins will be successful here due to the work ethic and productivity of Hoosiers.”


The NRP facility in Montpelier will be the company’s third such location in the United States.  The company plans to add up to 68 local employees at an average hourly wage of $16.50 per hour.


“NRP would like to thank the many people of Blackford County, including Mayor James McPherson and all of the City of Montpelier, Mr. Rob Cleveland, and all of the individuals with the Blackford County Economic Development Corporation that worked extremely hard in assisting us in meeting the necessary schedules to begin the construction of the manufacturing and transportation facilities,” said Al Koch, Chief Executive Officer of NRP.  “We look forward to being a good citizen within the City of Montpelier and Blackford County and working with as many citizens as possible in the growth of our industry.”


“This announcement by NRP represents the largest new job creation figure in Blackford County in nearly 20 years,” said Rob Cleveland, executive director of the Blackford County Economic Development Corporation.  “From the start, we knew that NRP would be a perfect fit for Blackford County and we are thrilled they chose to locate in Montpelier.  The partnership between NRP and Blackford County will be successful due to Blackford County’s strong manufacturing base and its proximity to quality agricultural production.” 


NRP will build its new $15 million facility on approximately 20 acres at the Montpelier Industrial Park, which is located at the intersection of State Road 18 and County Road 400 East.  The MontpelierIndustrial Park was one of the first sites in the State of Indiana to earn the “Shovel-Ready” designation.


“The NRP development in Montpelier is validation of hard work that has been many years in the making,”said Cleveland.  “Mayor McPherson, the Montpelier Common Council and the Blackford County Commissioners deserve praise for the foresight to obtain land and their pursuit of the ‘Shovel-Ready’ distinction.  Programs and incentives offered by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation – like the ‘Shovel-Ready’ designation – make it possible for rural communities to compete in a global marketplace.” 


In addition to the NRP announcement, Blackford County has been the recipient of many other positive announcements in 2011.  In April, Hartford City Quality Pallet located in the Blackford Industrial Park and has added several employees.  Furthermore, BlackfordCountyfarmer Jim Kline was recognized as 2011’s "Top Producer" in North America by Top Producer Magazine.


“The residents of Montpelier take great pride in our city,” said Mayor McPherson.  “And we have a great number of people who care about the future growth of our community.  The Blackford County EDC has worked so hard to improve the awareness of Blackford County throughout the country, and announcements like these only strengthen that awareness.  We are aggressively pursuing quality companies like NRP to Blackford County, and without cooperation from the Blackford County EDC, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Montpelier Common Council and the Blackford County Commissioners, projects like these would not be possible.”



About Naturally Recycled Proteins

Naturally Recycled Proteins was formed in 2003 to provide naturally processed protein additives for pet food manufacturers. The company implements a non-rendered, patented, natural enzymatic system to process various proteins into a value added ingredient for a number of the top pet food companies in the US/World. Our key ingredient is utilized as a chicken and egg flavor additive into final pet food product formulations found on retail shelves nationwide. Most US based retailers carry one or more products in their current retail mix with a protein source from Naturally Recycled Proteins. The company currently operates two similar facilities in Nebraska and Iowa. The addition of the Indiana location is a function of increased demand from our key customers.


About Blackford County listed Blackford County as one of the Top 10 most affordable counties in the United States in 2008.  Blackford County is the home of Colonel Kevin Ford who piloted the Space Shuttle Discovery for 13 days on Mission ‘STS 128’ and home to Jim Kline, who was recognized in 2011 as North America’s Top Producer by Top Producer Magazine.  Blackford County’s employers include, but are not limited to:  Service Resource Group, OJC Trucking and 3M Corporation.  For more information, please visit or contact Rob Cleveland at (765) 348-4944.

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