Friday, June 29, 2007

Kansas City Animal Health Corridor

Last year's unique initiative by Kansas City to attract animal health companies keeps paying off. MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc. (NASDAQ:MWIV) based in Idaho is the most recent company to sign up, announcing plans to open a 105,000 square foot distribution facility in the area.

In fact, the KC Animal Health Corridor contributes 32 percent of total sales in the $15.2 billion global animal health market by hosting company divisions including Bayer HealthCare, Hill's Pet Nutrition, Del Monte and Cargill.

Pet health has become one of the driving trends in the industry. Even though pharmaceutical companies have been in the animal health segment for years, there's been a recent acceleration in interest, as previously reported in this blog and on our company website.

A good article on the subject: "Big Pharma Chases Dogs and Cats," by Rachel Petkewich, Chemical & Engineering News, June 25 2007.

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