All operations of Bluebonnet Feeds are being relocated to the company’s main plant in Ardmore, Okla.

The shutdown will mean a loss of eight jobs at the local plant.

Officials said the company has just completed a $2.5 million renovation at the facility in Ardmore.

The additional capacity and other improvements at the Oklahoma facility will allow the company to “operate more efficiently and effectively as a company,” said Bill Stuever, president of Bluebonnet Feeds.

“You don’t like to close down and end jobs, but it was a business decision we had to make,” Stuever said.

The shutdown will take about 30 days. Bluebonnet Feeds manufactures feed for all types of livestock and other animals.

The company acquired the Brownwood facility in 2005, which has a long history as a feed plant. It was formerly occupied by Swift and later Purina feed manufacturers.

James Campbell, executive director of the Brownwood Economic Development Corporation, said the Brownwood closure is disappointing economically but hardly a surprise.

“The facility is aging and probably needs some renovation.”

But he added, the plant is in a good location, on a rail spur so access to the railroad is “easy.”