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Clemens Food to build $255.7m pork processing plant in Michigan

FBR Staff Writer Published 17 December 2014

Clemens Food Group is planning to invest $255.7m in the construction of a new pork processing facility in Coldwater Township in Michigan.

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The proposed investment is expected to create 810 jobs in the region.

Commenting on the project, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said: "The new project in Coldwater Township is agricultural entrepreneurism at its best with producers, the state of Michigan and local government working together to bring 800 new jobs to our state.

"The Clemens family is a recognized leader in pork production and its investment here signals to executives of all industries across the country that Michigan is the place to do business."

Construction on the plant will begin in 2015, with plans to open in late 2017 or early 2018, mlive reported.

When operational, the plant will be capable of producing fresh pork products that are later made into bacon, ham and pork chops.

Clemens Food Group CEO Doug Clemens said: "Today's announcement marks a major milestone in the history of our company and the future of pork production in the state of Michigan.

"On behalf of our more than 2,000 employees, our family shareholders and our family farm partners who have joined us in this venture, we thank Governor Rick Snyder and leaders in Michigan and Coldwater and Coldwater Township for having the vision to see the opportunities to position the state to compete in the global pork market."

The City of Coldwater will receive $12.5m in Community Development Block Grant funds from Michigan Strategic Fund for infrastructure improvements, land acquisition, workforce development and on-the-job training for the new project.


Image: The plant will be capable of producing fresh pork products that are later made into bacon, ham and pork chops. Photo: courtesy of artur84 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.