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Diamond Pet Foods plant expansion is subject of workshop
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Officials at Diamond Pet Foods have worked diligently on eliminating any foul odor from its Ripon processing plant.

That was a few years ago when residents complained about the reeking smell in the air.

The City of Ripon and Diamond Pet Foods worked together in finding a solution and long-tern to alleviate the problem, bringing in chemical engineers and installing higher roof-top stacks.

Diamond Pet Foods not only took care of the problem but has kept busy by processing kibbles of pet food using factory-controlled computers, rolling out truckloads of product each week using three processing lines.

Diamond Pet Foods is looking to expand by adding a fourth line at the existing facility at 942 S. Stockton Ave.

On Tuesday, March 23, the Ripon City Council and the Ripon Planning Commission will hold a workshop in the Council Chambers 259 N. Wilma Ave., to review the final Environmental Impact Report and take public comments, beginning at 5 p.m.

Included is the Odor Management Plan.

Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart indicated that the workshop will also help Commissioners “get up to speed” on this project – included would be also a feed prep and conditioning, dryer, vertical cooler and four new exhaust blowers.

Once completed, the fourth line would increase production capacity, from 780 tons to 1,040 tons per day.

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