JAMESTOWN CHARTER TWP. — After reaching full capacity at its Grand Rapids production facility, Kent Quality Foods Inc. plans to invest $35 million into a second plant in Ottawa County’s Jamestown Charter Township.
The Grand Rapids-based food processor of franks, sausages and specialty meats plans to create 140 jobs over three years as a result of the expansion, according to a statement.
“The addition of a second manufacturing facility in West Michigan is very exciting for us,” Kent Quality Foods President Steve Soet said in a statement. “As our business continues to grow, this expansion will allow us to meet growing demand as well as provide the opportunity to expand our product lines.”
The company partnered with Lakeshore Advantage, a Zeeland-based economic development organization, for nearly a year to source the location and incentives to expand.
“Kent Quality Foods will greatly complement our expansive community of growing food processors,” stated Jennifer Owens, president of Lakeshore Advantage.
Kent Quality Foods received a $750,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) to support the expansion. The company also received $100,000 from West Michigan Works! for workforce recruitment and training, as well as a 12-year property tax abatement on the new building and property from Jamestown Charter Township.
Kent Quality Foods opted to stay in Michigan after considering competing sites in Ohio, according to the MEDC.