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The Pet Health People LLC and Midwest Co-Pack LLC Re-Open Candy Plant in Winona, Minnesota

WINONA, Minn., March 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- After seeing the factory's tremendous output capacity combined with the extraordinary drive of its former Winona based employees, Amy Paris, the Founder of Midwest Co-Pack LLC (MWCP) and The Pet Health People, LLC, purchased the previously closed candy plant.  MWCP will serve as the primary supplier for Amy's flagship company, The Pet Heath People, LLC (PHP), as well as contract manufacturing for Midwest-based food brands. With a Winona workforce that boasts centuries of collective experience in food manufacturing, MWCP hopes to restore many of the jobs of former factory employees, making a positive impact locally.

Midwest Co-Pack LLC announced today its successful purchase of a former candy factory in Winona, Minnesota which had operated since the early 1900s and closed its doors last year. Amy Paris, the company's CEO, bought the factory with the intent of making it the primary supplier for her flagship company, The Pet Heath People, LLC, maker of LICKS® Pill Free Solutions

Leveraging the expertise of former plant employees, that boast an average tenure of 25 years in food manufacturing, state of the art machinery and a quickly growing principal customer in PHP, MWCP looks to produce tens of thousands of pounds of finished goods daily.  While such credentials warrant the business of some of the largest companies in America, it is MWCP's mission to cultivate an entrepreneurial and familial culture, providing pet and human food contract manufacturing services for innovative brands, focused on achieving a 100% made in America food chain for their human and furry customers.

"I am excited that successful entrepreneurs like Amy Paris find Winona a welcoming place to do business," said Mayor Mark Peterson.  "We are pleased that the dedicated and experienced workforce can have reemployment opportunities in Winona."  

"I am committed to making Midwest Co-Pack a success; not only for the city of Winona, but also for the continued success of The Pet Health People. My desire to vertically align PHP's supply chain, from production to fulfillment, has been our goal since inception but it was important to me to find the right fit for our business," said Amy Paris. "The expertise of the staff at Midwest Co-Pack is unparalleled; I have no doubt that their input will not only support my already established business but ensure that it continues to thrive."

The Winona WorkForce Center, which is funded by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Security, worked diligently with MWCP to quickly fill open positions at the factory to get it up and running in record time.

MWCP is currently recruiting for all positions including but not limited to: maintenance, finance, operations, research and development and administration. 

On Tuesday, April 11th at 3:00PM Amy will host a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Winona Chamber Ambassadors at the front doors of the MWCP factory. All are welcome to attend.

"I am thrilled to be a part of such an outstanding community and to showcase the true potential of this amazing team," said Amy. 

About The Pet Health People, LLC

Founded by Amy Paris in 2010, The Pet Health People LLC, designs, manufactures and distributes LICKS®: The Pill-Free Solution to Pet Health®.  LICKS® Pill-Free Solutions® are holistic remedies for dogs and cats.   LICKS® primary product line includes gummi and liquid pet vitamins and health supplements that provide cats and dogs with a higher quality of life at all stages of development.  LICKS® products utilize 100% human grade, all natural ingredients, advocating that pet parents treat their four-legged family members with the same care and quality as the rest of the family. LICKS® is sold at PetSmart stores across the US and Canada.  

About Midwest Co-Pack LLC

Midwest Co-Pack LLC is a certified food process manufacturer and follows FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Code of Federal regulations (CFR) Title 21, including GMPs, HACCP and BRC standards.  In addition to process manufacturing, MWCP is a high capacity packaging and fulfillment facility specializing in bulk bag, cartoning, boxing, and fulfillment services for innovative entrepreneurial food companies of all sizes.

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