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3/24/17
Haribo to build first U.S. manufacturing plant in Wisconsin

ROSEMONT, ILL. — Haribo of America, Inc., a division of Bonn, Germany-based Haribo Group, said it will acquire a property in Kenosha County, Wis., where it plans to build its first U.S. manufacturing facility. The company’s Gold-Bears brand is the No. 1 selling gummy bear brand in the country.

“The decision to build a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin is of great importance for the Haribo Group,” said Hans Guido Riegel, managing partner of the Haribo Group. “Haribo of America is the fastest growing sugar confectionery business in the U.S., hence the strategic importance of our manufacturing facility to commence production in 2020.”

The company examined a number of sites over the past few years for its first manufacturing facility in the United States, said Rick LeBerge, executive vice-president and chief operating officer at Haribo of America, Inc.

Kenosha County, Wisconsin
Haribo plans to build its facility in Kenosha County, Wis.
The family-owned company, now in its third generation, produces 100 million gummy bears daily globally at its 16 production facilities throughout Europe. Haribo Group employs nearly 7,000 worldwide.

“As we are embarking on building one of the largest facilities in the confectionery industry this location provides ideal conditions to further grow Haribo’s successful business in the U.S.,” said Wes Saber, executive vice-president and chief financial officer at Haribo of America, Inc.

2/2/17
El Pinto Foods Plans Major Expansion At Albuquerque, New Mexico, Food Plant

Elpinto Foods will invest $7 million to expand its manufacturing facilities to more than 6,200 square feet, creating 25 new jobs to meet increasing demand in the North Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

El Pinto Food's salsa manufacturing division currently produces 25,000 salsa and chile jars per shift and has the capacity to make 3-4 million jars a year. El Pinto's factory, which is both Safe Quality Food (SQF) and Organic Certified, is expanding to meet growing demand for individual sized portion cups for private label customers.

The Economic Development Department will contribute $250,000 in LEDA funds as an incentive toward the construction of the manufacturing facilities.

"El Pinto began from humble roots in 1962 by my parents with 10 tables. Today our salsa manufacturing facility, located on the same property as the 1,000 seat restaurant, shares the taste of New Mexico to the entire country," said co-owner Jim Thomas.

Twin brother and co-owner John Thomas continued, "With the support of the Economic Development Department and the Governor, we continue to expand our manufacturing jobs, right here in New Mexico, as one of the largest employers in the North Valley of Albuquerque. Providing quality jobs and nutritious New Mexican food is what El Pinto stands for."

"It's exciting to see local manufacturers grow and create new jobs," Governor Susana Martinez said. "Thanks to making New Mexico more competitive with surrounding states, we're not only attracting companies like Facebook to our state, we're also helping more homegrown businesses expand and create jobs in our communities. This is just another reason why we have to continue fighting for tools and reforms that make our state more business friendly."

"It's extremely exciting to see investment like this in our local New Mexico businesses," said Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel. "The Governor's bold agenda of reform helps companies grow and thrive, while at the same time recruiting new businesses, jobs and investment to New Mexico."

This expansion comes on the heels of Governor Martinez announcing nearly 400 new jobs coming to New Mexico this month alone. These include industries like aviation, manufacturing, and agriculture, in communities throughout the state, like Roswell, Belen and the Mesilla Valley.

1/27/17
Williams Sausage Company To Build Second Manufacturing Plant In Union City, Tennessee

Williams Sausage Company, Inc., a longtime Tennessee food manufacturer, will build a second plant in Union City, Tennessee. The expansion will create 226 new jobs in Obion County over the next five years.

Founded in 1958 by Harold and Hazel Williams, Williams Sausage produces fresh sausage, fully cooked sausage, bacon, sandwiches and other food products for wholesale to retail grocers, restaurants, whole grocery warehouses and food distributors. Williams Sausage remains a family-owned business managed by the founders' sons, David and Roger Williams.

"Williams Sausage Company and the Williams family are excited about expanding in our hometown," Roger Williams, CEO of Williams Sausage, said. "The support we have received from the State of Tennessee, Union City, and Obion County in this endeavor has been overwhelming and will help propel our business to a new level. We are extremely thankful for our existing team members and customers, who have made our business such a success that we need to build this new facility."

The company's Union City plant has undergone several expansions, most recently in 2012. With its existing Union City plant operating at near capacity, Williams Sausage will invest about $37 million to construct an approximately 180,000-square-foot facility in Obion County, which will include a cold storage distribution center, truck maintenance operations, corporate offices and a new sandwich processing line. Local officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority praised Williams Sausage for its plans to invest further and create new jobs in Obion County.

"For generations, Tennessee has made some of the best-known and most-respected food brands in the world. Williams Sausage Company is part of this strong legacy and I'm pleased it has decided to build a second plant in Union City," Gov. Bill Haslam said. "This major expansion by Williams Sausage will create hundreds of new jobs for Obion County residents and bring us closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs."

"In the last six years, the food and beverage industry has poured $2 billion worth of investment into Tennessee alongside more than 6,500 new job commitments," Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said. "The food manufacturing industry now employs more than 33,500 Tennesseans. When a homegrown business like Williams Sausage plans to further invest in Tennessee, it's a strong affirmation of our state's high-skilled workforce and business-friendly environment. On behalf of Team Tennessee, I'd like to thank Williams Sausage for committing to create 226 new jobs in Obion County." "Williams Sausage has long been a vital part of our community," Union City Mayor Terry Hailey said. "This new construction and addition to our workforce is most welcome. It shows that the Williams family is intent on a bright future and we are delighted to be part of it."

"Congratulations to Williams Sausage on its decision to expand and create hundreds of new jobs in Obion County," TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. "TVA and Union City Electric are proud to partner with the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council, Obion County and Union City, and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to facilitate impactful new job creation and support existing industry growth in the Valley."

"We are very excited to have Williams Sausage ultimately choose Union City over numerous other locations throughout the Southeast," Lindsay Frilling, CEO of the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council, said. "This new location will allow for potential growth at the existing facility, and we are very much looking forward to continuing to work with Roger and his team in the future."

1/31/17
Smucker wants to build $340M manufacturing plant in Longmont

LONGMONT — The J.M. Smucker Co. (NYSE: SJM) on Tuesday said it plans to build a $340 million manufacturing plant that could employ up to 500 people in the eastern portion of Longmont that is in Weld County.

The project is contingent on the approval of tax and business incentives and the closing of the transaction to purchase the land where the facility will be located, the company said. Officials have not yet disclosed the exact location.

The plant would be built in two phases and employ approximately 250 workers when phase one is complete and up to 500 employees in total with the completion of phase two.

Phase one includes up to an initial $200 million investment to construct and operate the new facility, with an additional $140 million for phase two expansion, dependent on product demand.

The company said it wants to start construction this spring with production expected to begin in 2019.

The plant will help meet growing demand for Smucker’s Uncrustables sandwiches, which are pre-made frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The Smucker’s Uncrustables sandwiches brand has grown from approximately $10 million in annual sales in 2000 to a $200 million business today and ended fiscal 2016 with its 17th consecutive quarter of double digit growth in U.S. retail sales. The plant in Longmont will complement the company’s plant in Scottsville, Ken. That makes the sandwiches.

“The Smucker’s Uncrustables brand is one of our fastest-growing brands, as consumers seek nutritious snacks and meal solutions for the whole family,” Mark Smucker, president and chief executive of The J. M. Smucker Co., said in a prepared statement.

“This new plant to be built at the foot of the Rockies will ensure we can continue to meet increasing demand across the country. We are thrilled to build our first manufacturing facility in Colorado and greatly appreciate the support we have received for this exciting project from officials representing Longmont, Weld County and the state of Colorado. We look forward to being part of the growing, greater Denver community.”

Longmont mayor, Dennis Coombs, said, “Competition for this new facility was strong, and I couldn’t be prouder of our recruitment effort, led by the Longmont Economic Development Partnership in close coordination with city departments.”

Julie Cozad, chairwoman of the Weld County Commissioners, said, “The Smucker project is a huge win for Longmont, Weld County and all of Northern Colorado. “This project further diversifies our thriving economy and showcases what an amazing food-manufacturing national hub Northern Colorado has become. We welcome Smucker to our growing corporate community.”

Hans Jespersen, board chairman of Upstate Colorado Economic Development, said the project is a “great example of local, county and state governments working together to proactively accomplish a significant economic development project.”

1/31/17
Diana Food Investing $50M In Georgia

Diana Food, a global provider of natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry, will create more than 80 new jobs and invest $50 million in a new food processing, manufacturing and research and development facility in Banks County, GA.

Banks County Georgia“Banks County, Georgia is the best partner for our new manufacturing plant and research and development facility in North America,” said Yannick Riou, president of Diana Food. “Setting up a new facility in the U.S. is a key milestone in our company development allowing us to stay always closer to our customers, access to a high quality of local and sustainable sourcing, while committing in a long-term perspective to the regional economy.”

Diana Food manufactures a wide range of clean ingredients with a guarantee of product quality, traceability and food safety. The company has more than 1,000 employees working in nine production plants, 11 sales offices, and seven research and development facilities.

“Diana Food’s decision to establish a presence in Banks County is a testament to Georgia’s top-ranked business climate,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “Georgia offers the transportation network required for growing companies and a workforce second to none. I am confident this strategic Banks County location will provide significant benefits for Diana Food as the company continues its growth in the southeast.”

The approximately 90,000-square-foot facility will be located in the Banks Crossing Business Park and will consist of office, manufacturing and warehouse space on nearly 40 acres. The facility will be predominantly dedicated to meat processing.

“We’ve been competing for Diana Food against more than 25 communities in the U.S. for a year and a half,” said Scott Ledford, Development Authority of Banks County chairman. “Diana Food brings high paying jobs for our people.”

Map image: accessWDUN
Map image: accessWDUN
“While we’ve hit some singles and doubles in economic development, this is Banks County’s first grand slam ever,” said Banks County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jimmy Hooper. “Creating jobs has become an expected duty of local government. We know that Diana Food is committed to outstanding corporate citizenship as it becomes a major employer in the community.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Project Manager Joshua Stephens represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with the Development Authority of Banks County, Georgia Power, and Georgia Quick Start.

“This is a huge win for Banks County and an incredible example of the important role Georgia’s existing manufacturing industry plays in attracting new businesses to our state,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Thanks to the collective efforts of all involved, this new facility will have long-term benefits for Banks County, Northeast Georgia as well as the state’s agribusiness economy.”

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1/31/17
Lamb Weston plans job fair as $200M plant takes shape in Richland

As construction advances on Lamb Weston’s new french fry line in Richland, the Idaho-based potato giant is preparing to hire workers.

The company will hold a job fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at WorkSource Columbia Basin, 815 N. Kellogg St., Kennewick, to fill the 128 positions associated with the project.

Applicants can apply at careers.lambweston.com/jobs, where Lamb Weston posts jobs ranging from white collar to blue.

Construction of the $200 million project is on track for completion this fall, said Shelby Stoolman, spokeswoman for Lamb Weston, the newly independent company that spun out of ConAgra Foods Inc. in November.

ConAgra announced plans to construct a second french fry processing line at its manufacturing campus in Richland in June, several months before the two companies separated. Rising global demand for frozen potato products, namely french fries, is behind the investment.

Lamb Weston’s Mid-Columbia operations collectively employ more than 4,000 in food processing plants, research and development and a satellite corporate office in Kennewick.

While Lamb Weston chose to make Eagle, Idaho, a Boise suburb, its corporate headquarters, the investment in Richland highlights the critical role the $3 billion potato giant plays in the Mid-Columbia’s agricultural economy.

Just last week, the Washington Employment Security Department crowned the Tri-Cities as Washington’s fastest-growing job sector in 2016, with an annual growth rate of 3.6 percent. That was driven by a 15-percent increase in jobs related to food manufacturing.

Lamb Weston is not only a major employer, it is the leading buyer of Washington-grown potatoes. The new plant alone will consume an estimated 300 million pounds of potatoes annually.

It is also a leading customer of Preferred Freezer Services’ 455,000-square-foot high-tech commercial freezer in north Richland. Preferred recently confirmed plans to expand to accommodate growing demand for its cold storage and distribution services.

The french fry project is eligible for $250,000 from the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund and a sales tax exemption on construction that could be worth up to $13 million.

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article129941404.html#storylink=cpy

1/9/17
Amy’s Kitchen Plant Could Bring Nearly 1,000 New Jobs to the Hudson Valley

A popular food company’s plan to build a $95 million plant in the Hudson Valley was approved. Officials believe this could lead to almost 1,000 new jobs.
U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a federal permit that allows Amy’s Kitchen to begin construction in Goshen.
Last year, Schumer urged Army Corps to expedite reviews so Amy’s Kitchen could turn vacant property in Orange County into a major distribution center. Amy’s Kitchen intends to turn the empty property, located between 100 Echo Lake Road and Route 17M, into a $95 million, 369,000-square-foot meal-manufacturing plant.
The approval is expected to create 700 local jobs, with a strong chance of expanding to 1,000 jobs.
“It’s time for Amy’s Kitchen to start cooking in Orange County, Schumer stated. “And guess what is on the menu? Jobs, jobs, jobs!”
The California-based family-owned company cooks meals from wholesome, non-GMO and organic ingredients. The company has historically relied on local communities and small businesses to provide ingredients. Its products are sold at many large national retail chains, including ShopRite, Price Chopper and Wal-Mart.
Amy’s offers over 250 products including gluten-free, dairy-free, low sodium, light, vegan options. The company produces pizzas, burritos, veggie burgers, bowls, pot pies, snacks, cakes, soups, beans, pasta sauces, salsas, and more.
In 2014, Amy’s Kitchen announced plans to build in Goshen. The federal permit now gives the company the green light. Construction is set to begin early this year.


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1/9/17
JTM Food Group breaks ground on new manufacturing plant
HARRISON, Ohio — JTM Food Group, a processor of fully cooked ground beef patties and other food products for foodservice and retail customers, has broken ground on a new manufacturing plant at its Harrison headquarters.

The 193,000-sq.-ft. plant will feature a more efficient production line, JTM said, and is expected to produce nearly 1.5 million lbs. of “kettle” products (burrito fillings, macaroni and cheese, sauces, dips, soups, chili, etc.) each week. When the plant is completed, JTM said it will have the capacity to produce more than 100 million lbs. of “kettle” cooked product annually.

JTM’s new facility will be supported by a distribution center that has been under construction since August 2016.

“This new facility is an exciting step forward for our company and a direct reflection of the passion and dedication of our employees,” said Tony Maas, president of JTM Food Group. “Our team is committed to innovation and growth, and that approach is creating more and more opportunity for JTM to flourish. We want to continue to stay ahead of those trends and opportunities, and this new facility will give us the capacity to meet the needs of our growing customer base. The expansion will also help us continue to provide the highest standard of quality products and services for years to come.”

1/3/17
Ventura Foods to Add 157 Jobs in $12M PA Plant Expansion

Maker of custom and proprietary sauces, dressings, and flavorings Ventura Foods is investing $12.4 million to expand its Chambersburg, PA facility, adding 157 new full time jobs to the facility’s existing payroll within three years, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced by press release Tuesday.

“Upon adding 157 new, full-time employees, Ventura Foods will have a workforce of more than 600 at its expanded facility in Chambersburg,” said Gov. Wolf in the release. “The company’s exceptional growth is to be commended, as it contributes not only to the commonwealth’s flourishing manufacturing sector, but also to the economic well-being of Ventura Foods’ employees, their communities, and beyond.”

The investment will go toward construction of the facility, renovations, machinery, and other equipment.

Ventura Foods is moving recently-acquired assets from Cargill’s Dressings, Sauces, and Mayonnaise (DSM) business to the Pennsylvania site. Other facets of the acquired businesses’ operations will be moved to another Ventura Foods facility in Fort Worth, TX, according to a May 3, 2016 company press release announcing the purchase of the Cargill unit.

Cargill agreed to provide contract manufacturing services for 15 to 18 months to ensure continuity of the products as the operations transitioned to Ventura’s ownership, the May 2016 release said.

Customers of Ventura foods include foodservice companies, restaurants, and retailers

1/3/17 Ventura Foods to Add 157 Jobs in $12M PA Plant Expansion

Maker of custom and proprietary sauces, dressings, and flavorings Ventura Foods is investing $12.4 million to expand its Chambersburg, PA facility, adding 157 new full time jobs to the facility’s existing payroll within three years, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced by press release Tuesday.

“Upon adding 157 new, full-time employees, Ventura Foods will have a workforce of more than 600 at its expanded facility in Chambersburg,” said Gov. Wolf in the release. “The company’s exceptional growth is to be commended, as it contributes not only to the commonwealth’s flourishing manufacturing sector, but also to the economic well-being of Ventura Foods’ employees, their communities, and beyond.”

The investment will go toward construction of the facility, renovations, machinery, and other equipment.

Ventura Foods is moving recently-acquired assets from Cargill’s Dressings, Sauces, and Mayonnaise (DSM) business to the Pennsylvania site. Other facets of the acquired businesses’ operations will be moved to another Ventura Foods facility in Fort Worth, TX, according to a May 3, 2016 company press release announcing the purchase of the Cargill unit.

Cargill agreed to provide contract manufacturing services for 15 to 18 months to ensure continuity of the products as the operations transitioned to Ventura’s ownership, the May 2016 release said.

Customers of Ventura foods include foodservice companies, restaurants, and retailers.
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