OMAHA, NEBRASKA, U.S. — Scoular Co. has named its new freeze-dried pet food ingredient manufacturing subsidiary Petsource by Scoular.

The name was announced on Dec. 10.

Petsource will develop, procure, freeze-dry and package high-protein ingredients for pet food manufacturers.

“The name ‘Petsource’ signifies that we are redefining what start-to-finish looks like in pet food ingredient manufacturing,” said Amy Patterson, general manager of Petsource. “Petsource will be a one-stop shop for unparalleled levels of safety, quality and reliability across the freeze-dried pet food supply chain.”

Central to the project is a $50 million manufacturing plant under construction in Seward, Nebraska, U.S. Scoular broke ground in August, and the plant is on track to open in the fall of 2020.

 The plant will create up to 100 new jobs in Seward. Hiring is expected to begin in the spring of 2020.

 Petsource also announced Jon Heussner as director of operations responsible for manufacturing at the Seward site. Heussner has held leadership roles in operations, project management and engineering for Tyson Foods, Conagra Brands, Hain Celestial Seasonings and most recently, Dean Foods.

 “As a lifelong pet owner with years of supply chain experience, it is a privilege to work with the great team assembled by Petsource to manufacture safe and high-quality products,” Heussner said.

Founded in Nebraska, Scoular is a 127-year-old company with 102 offices and facilities worldwide and more than $4 billion in sales. The company provides global and diverse supply chain solutions for end-users and suppliers of grain, feed ingredients, and food ingredients.

According to Sosland Publishing Company’s 2019 Grain & Milling Annual, Scoular is the 10th largest company in North America in terms of grain storage capacity at 131 million tonnes.