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Dairy company investing $21.3M in West Michigan

April 12, 2018
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Agropur Cooperative dairy plant
Agropur Cooperative, founded in 1938, operates numerous dairy processing plants. Photo via fb.com

A manufacturer of dairy products is planning to invest $21.3 million at its operation in the area.

Wisconsin-based Agropur will invest in its plant in Wyoming, at 5252 Clay Ave. SW, according to The Right Place yesterday.

The majority of the project will be for new equipment, with a portion going toward building modifications.

The project will modernize the production line, increase production capacity and create of 62 jobs.

The project is intended to accommodate “growing customer demand.”

The Wyoming plant employs 161 people and mainly produces non-dairy products, such as almond and soy milks, protein drinks and broths.

“We’re excited to be expanding our facility in Grand Rapids, which will allow us to better serve our customers,” said Doug Simon, president of U.S. operations, Agropur. “This investment is a key to continuing Agropur’s impressive growth and will also create jobs in the state of Michigan.”

The City of Wyoming was chosen over multiple competing sites in other states.

The Right Place worked in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, or MEDC, to ensure the project happened in West Michigan.

The Right Place also connected the company with workforce development resources at West Michigan Works! to assist with talent attraction and workforce training.

MEDC is awarding the project a $434,000 Michigan performance-based grant.

The City of Wyoming is providing a tax abatement.

Agropur

Agropur processes more than 13-billion pounds of milk per year in 39 plants across North America.

Agropur is the American subsidiary of Agropur Cooperative, a dairy manufacturer headquartered in Canada and established in 1938.

The cooperative had $6.4 billion in sales in 2017 and employs 8,300 people.

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