Elanco to shift work to FD plant
Friday, September 08, 2017
Elanco U.S. Inc. will move more of its animal vaccine production to its Fort Dodge plant, company officials announced Thursday.
The company plans to close its facility in Larchwood and shift the manufacturing of cattle and swine vaccines from there to Fort Dodge by the end of 2019.
If that move will yield more jobs in Fort Dodge or more investment in the local plant remains unknown, however.
“At this point, I can’t specifically say if there will be more jobs created,” company spokeswoman Betsy Vilwock Bowman said Thursday afternoon.
“At this point, further investment is still being evaluated,” she added.
Even without an influx of new jobs and capital investment, Thursday’s announcement is welcome news for the future of the site, according to Dennis Plautz, the chief executive officer of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.
“Obviously, I think it increases the viability of the plant by making it a more diverse plant,” he said. “Clearly, this is good news.”
The Elanco U.S. Inc. plant at 800 Fifth St. N.W. employs 445 people who make vaccines for cats and dogs. The company is one of the largest employers in Webster County.