Phibro Animal Health Corporation this week announced the opening of its newly renovated facility in Omaha, Nebraska. The Omaha manufacturing facility is geographically positioned to manufacture and supply mineral nutritional products and supply mineral premixes to US animal producers. Now, a major facility upgrade offers the next evolution in food safety, product quality and performance while improving our customers’ ability to meet the growing needs of consumers. Phibro has expanded the manufacturing space to over 100,000 square feet and added technological innovations that will allow it to evolve alongside the industry for the next decade and beyond.
“When the facility first opened 20 years ago, customers were feeding 2-3 premixes between different species, while now there are not only different formulas for each species, but each stage of life,” said Tim Costigan, senior vice president for Operations and Lifecycle Management – Nutrients for Phibro Animal Health. “Today customers can use 10 or 20 unique premixes. This system upgrade allows us more flexibility when processing different materials through the system in order to process feed-specific premixes for all species and phases of life – while at the same time adhering to strict quality standards. “
Phibro’s trace elements are backed by the company’s rigorous DQA (Dynamic Quality Assurance) program, which naturally promotes product safety and effectiveness. Improvements to the Omaha facility include expanded controls and data collection, providing faster access to information critical to understanding the full background of the ingredients and processes behind any mineral product.
“Our industry has been much more focused on fast and effective traceability,” said Costigan. “Consumers want to know exactly where the ingredients come from and how they were put together. We are able to answer their questions quickly and share information about each and every batch with our customers. “
While the desire for “improved traceability” is a consumer focus, supply chain security is not new to Phibro.
“We have valued and tracked our raw materials for over 30 years in a way that has now become the industry standard,” said Costigan. “We know the manufacturers of our products, their processes and their raw materials, which enables us to better understand the safety and quality of these materials. We strive to be years ahead of expectations and to help our customers not only meet legal requirements, but also consumer demands. “
Invest in the future
The Omaha facility upgrade is just one example of Phibro’s ongoing investments in the future of its business and the animal health industry.
“We believe that if we put our customers’ needs first, our business will grow – and as business grows we will continue to invest in technology and skills to help those who entrust us with their business,” said Rob Aukerman , President of North America Region for Phibro Animal Health. “Our business is really about creating value for our customers.”
While Phibro’s Omaha manufacturing facility is focused on mineral nutritional products, Aukerman says the company is actively investing in its medical feed additives, nutritional specialties and vaccines businesses.
“We are extremely well positioned to support our customers on all fronts on quality and quantity,” he said. “Diet is the bedrock of animal health and it’s an exciting time to work in animal nutrition.”