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SF pet food company adding jobs, space

SANTA FE — A Santa Fe pet food company plans to create up to 11 new manufacturing jobs a part of a move into a new, 8,000- square-foot facility.

Marty’s Meals is expanding with a $2 million investment in its operations over the next 10 years, according to a news release from the state’s Economic Development Department.

Founder Sandy Bosben said the company currently has five manufacturing employees.

Bosben told the Journal the company plans to move from its current location on Pen Road to a new storefront and manufacturing facility on Cordova Road, next to The New Baking Co. in the Coronado Shopping Center that also includes Trader Joe’s. She also mentioned plans to open an online store that she hopes will be up and running by Christmas.

Marty’s Meals, which started in Santa Fe in 2010 and also has a Boulder, Colo., location, makes raw, organic and non-GMO food for customers, feeding 5,000 dogs and cats each month. It also offers pet training classes and other events at both the New Mexico and Colorado locations.

In support of the expansion, the Economic Development Department plans to provide up to $175,000 in Local Economic Development Act funding. Marty’s Meals puts more than $500,000 into the local economy on an annual basis, the department’s release states.

With the state’s investment, Bosben said, “We can expand partnerships with New Mexico farmers and ranchers who are committed to agricultural practices protecting our planet; we can employ a growing workforce that benefits from good wages and benefits; we can contribute to New Mexico’s economic strength; we can expand to new markets; and most importantly, we can provide more pets with the kind of nutritious food that will assure them healthier, longer, happier lives.”

Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel described the company as a “homegrown susccess story” as well as one that utilizes local agriculture to create its products.

“Producers from all over New Mexico, from places like Embudo, Tucumcari, San Juan Mountains, Santa Cruz, Roswell, Santa Fe and Espanola, to name a few, are all part (of) this success story,” he said.