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Food maker invests $34M in new plant

May 12, 2016
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Grand Rapids-based Kent Quality Foods, founded in 1967, makes frank, sausage and specialty meats. Courtesy Lakeshore Advantage

A local food maker is planning to invest $34.8 million in a new plant in the area.

Kent Quality Foods, a maker of frank, sausage and specialty meats, plans to build the plant in Jamestown Charter Township, according to Lakeshore Advantage yesterday.

The move comes after Kent Quality Foods reached capacity at its existing plant in Grand Rapids and secured new contracts.

The new plant is expected to create 140 jobs over three years.

Lakeshore Advantage said Kent Quality Foods chose the West Michigan site over a competing site in Ohio.

“The addition of a second manufacturing facility in West Michigan is very exciting for us,” said Steve Soet, president, Kent Quality Foods. “The MEDC, Lakeshore Advantage and Jamestown Township worked closely with us to identify the site, and they were extremely helpful throughout the entire process.

“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.”

Incentives

Lakeshore Advantage in Zeeland, a regional economic development nonprofit, said it worked with Kent Quality Foods for nearly a year to finalize the project.

Kent Quality Foods was awarded a $750,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Business Development Program for the project.

Jamestown Charter Township has offered the company a 12-year property tax abatement on the land and building improvements.

West Michigan Works! also offered more than $100,000 in workforce recruitment and training support.

“Kent Quality Foods’ decision to invest and add jobs in West Michigan demonstrates our state’s leadership in agriculture and food production with a business climate that enables the success of growing companies,” said Steve Arwood, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corp., or MEDC. “It is through the efforts of Jamestown Charter Township and Lakeshore Advantage that this expansion is taking place, and we are pleased to support the collaboration.”

Kent Quality Foods

Founded in Grand Rapids in 1967, Kent Quality Foods has been family owned for three generations.

Kent Quality Foods distributes to hot dog stands, restaurants, food service companies, broad line distributors and the processing industry.

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