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Food producer invests $1M in operation

May 13, 2016
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Spiech Farms grows produce on hundreds of acres in southwest Michigan, Georgia and Florida. Photo via fb.com

A food producer in the region is expanding its operation and creating 55 jobs.

Spiech Farms, a fourth-generation grower and distributor of grapes, asparagus, lettuce and blueberries, is expanding its facility in Paw Paw.

Spiech Farms will roll out a new product line of frozen produce as part of the expansion.

The farm chose to expand in Michigan, the top blueberry-producing state in the nation, over a competing site in Georgia.

In total, the company is planning to invest more than $1 million at its Paw Paw operation.

The expansion will be supported by a $220,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp., or MEDC.

“We thank Spiech Farms for choosing to invest in Van Buren County and appreciate their commitment to growing both quality produce and jobs in the region for over four generations,” said Ron Kitchens, CEO, Southwest Michigan First. “Our organization operates based upon the belief that the greatest force for change is a job, and we have no doubt that 55 families in rural Van Buren County will greatly appreciate the change afforded by this project.”

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