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.
For more information, log on to www.cityofripon.org.