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Thursday, 18 December 2014 11:45

Clemens Food Group invests $255M in Coldwater

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Pennsylvania-based Clemens Food Group recently announced its plans to open a pork processing operation in Coldwater Township. The company expects to invest approximately $255 million in the project and create 810 jobs at its new facility.

“This decision by the Clemens family only underscores that Michigan’s food and agriculture sector is ripe for innovative business opportunity, economic development, and new jobs. It’s a growing industry and we’re excited to have a pork processing plant back in the Great Lakes State,” said Jamie Clover Adams, MDARD Director in a statement.

The expansion may highlight a larger trend of expansion from regional food processors. While the majority of industries are expected to post growth in 2015, food processors, in particular, look strong, said Birgit Klohs, CEO of The Right Place Inc in a recent interview with MiBiz.

“Our food processing industry is a big shining star in the region right now,” Klohs said in response to a question on regional industries positioned for growth in 2015.

The 550,000-square-foot new construction project will be supported by a $12.5 million Community Development Block Grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Coldwater Township will also contribute $4.5 million for infrastructure improvements at the site.

Originally established in 1895, Clemens has grown into an integrated pork production operation with farming, processing, transportation and logistical capabilities. The company currently employs 2,200 workers.

“Today’s announcement marks a major milestone in the history of our company and the future of pork production in the state of Michigan,” said Doug Clemens, CEO, Clemens Food Group in a statement.

 

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