Groundbreaking For Gourmet Pet Food Business Scheduled July 31 at 9 a.m. at Pioneer Business Park
Sulphur Springs will soon be home to My Perfect Pet, a gourmet pet food company. After nearly 2 ½ years of work, terms have been reached for the Poway, California company to expand its operation to Texas, according to Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Roger Feagley.
The business will be located at 49 Pioneer Parkway, one of three remaining tracts in Pioneer Business Park. A ground breaking ceremony is planned at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, at the site, and community members are invited to attend.
“This is not your typical pet food. They start with USDA roast, chicken, lamb and turkey and bake it like you would Sunday dinner, in the oven. This is first grade stuff. It smells like grandma’s kitchen on Sunday afternoon,” Feagley said.
The product is shipped frozen, all across the country, so opening a factory in Sulphur Springs, Texas, will give My Perfect Pet a more central location from which to ship the specialty cat and dog food, according to Feagley.
The EDC will give the company the site and is building a nearly 20,000 square foot building, complete with insulated concrete that won’t crack in the cool temperatures needed for freezers, with all utilities in. Construction is expected to take 6-9 months, depending on the weather, with the start of production anticipated sometime in early 2020.
My Perfect Pet started in Karen Neola’s kitchen after her family lost their dog in 2006 to contaminated pet food, according to the company website.
That spurred Neola to begin researching and advocating for better nutrition and health for all pets, particularly in their food. Food was made in the Neola kitchen for family pets. Others began asking for it. After frequently spending full work weeks making pet foods, the decision was made to turn the pet food into a full-time business. The California operation was created.
Neola is now taking advantage of an opportunity to open a more central location to make and from which to ship the gourmet cat and dog food all over the country, according to Feagley.
A groundbreaking for My Perfect Pet will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, at 49 Pioneer Parkway, located between CMH Road and Main Street (US Business 67 in Pioneer Business Park.