(Richmond, IN)--Blue Buffalo in Richmond is progressing toward opening. Mid-2018 start-up...that's what we're still on schedule for. Things are going really well," said Plant Manager Travis Moore. Currently, 20 employees are working in space provided by Ivy Tech. Moore talked about their qualities. "The two qualities that we really see and are very representative of Richmond are that they are passionate and humble." Hiring is being done in three phases. "The first wave is happening now. We're looking at operations and maintenance," Moore added. A second hiring wave is planned for June with a third in September.