LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Foppers Gourmet Pet Treat Bakery in Logansport has grown into a multi-million dollar business. Now it's in need of expansion.
You can find Foppers Pet Treats in major retail stores like Petsmart, Big Lots, Kroger, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Walgreens. They've been a major economic contributor to Logansport since 2004, and the city is helping them continue this.
It started with a new family puppy named Holly and a passion for business and baking.
“I knew if we loved Holly as much as we did, everybody was feeling the same way about their pets and it was like, heaven sakes, we've got to do something about this,” said Foppers CEO Michelle Leffert.
Foppers Owners Clark and Michelle Leffert say as their business has grown, so has the need for manufacturing space.
“We're going to grow by approximately 70% that's what the initial forecasts are,” said Clark Leffert. “We were struggling for growth here in the Logansport community.”
Foppers help in economic growth in Logansport has lead the city to an agreement that will give the Lefferts $150,000 towards keeping their business in town.
Foppers will expand its business to a 50,000 square foot building that sits right across from the current facility.
“We knew that keeping them here, retaining them and having them expand was very important to use,” said Logansport Economic Development Director Bill Cuppy. “Finding a facility right across the street that has been vacant for many years, it's great that we can help them expand and stay right here in Logansport.”
Logansport Economic Development Director Bill Cuppy said the $150,000 incentive will go towards renovation and new employment. It's beneficial to the city.
“It's keeping 45 plus employees right here, where they live here and spend their money it just enhances commerce,” said Cuppy.
The Lefferts are ready for their business to continue blooming.
“It's going to give us the opportunity to set up production processes that are going to be much more efficient and it's going to allow us the opportunity to take on more business that we have been strategically reluctant to take on,” said Clark.
This city's decision to pay the company will be finalized in May. This expansion will include hiring at least 10 new employees. The goal is to give the new hires close to a $14 an hour wage.