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Egg producer plans $33M expansion, 50 jobs
A locally owned egg producer is embarking on a $33-million expansion.
The expansion of Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch in the Village of Saranac is expected to add 50 jobs over the course of the next three years, according to The Right Place, a regional economic development nonprofit, on Wednesday.
The family owned company will expand at its current location in Saranac, at 6425 West Grand River Ave., where it's operated since 1958.
Herbruck’s will also invest $1.5 million in a new main sewer line, tied directly to the Lakewood system as part of its expansion.
Any company along the public line will be able to tap into and use the sewer line.
The new infrastructure may spur additional economic growth in the area, according to The Right Place.
Creating jobs and investing in Ionia County is “a priority” for the egg producer, said Herb Herbruck, vice president of operations, Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch.
To support Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch’s growth, the Lakewood Wastewater Authority is waiving the sanitary sewer connection fee of $405,000.
Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch has also received a $500,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant from the state for the expansion.
“We are pleased that this expansion will continue to keep Herbruck Poultry embedded in Ionia County,” said Jennifer Wangler, Ionia County business development specialist, The Right Place.
Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch
The company supplies retail and food service customers locally, regionally and nationally with shell eggs, whole liquid eggs and hard-cooked peeled eggs.
Herbruck’s premium shell eggs and specialty eggs — including organic and cage free — are sold under customers’ store brands and under the names Green Meadow, Herbruck’s and Eggland’s Best.
The company produces 1.6 billion eggs per year and employs 400 workers.