LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts joined officials of Omaha-based Scoular on Tuesday in breaking ground on a $50 million manufacturing facility in Seward that will produce freeze-dried protein ingredients for pet food.

The plant is expected to employ almost 100 people once opened in about 14 months.

A press release said the plant will be owned by an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Scoular and will serve the growing need for quality ingredients for pet food.

A temporary research and development lab has already been established in Seward to serve until the new manufacturing facility is completed.

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