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Egg producer plans $43M expansion

June 17, 2015
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An egg producer is planning a $43-million expansion in the region.

Egg demand

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch in Saranac, east of Lowell, plans to significantly expand its organic and cage-free production facilities with a capital investment project and create 50 jobs, according to The Right Place, a regional economic development nonprofit, today. 

The expansion will help Herbruck’s meet increased demand, by adding new egg laying and pullet-growing capacity.

“Quality organic, cage-free eggs are in high demand,” said Herb Herbruck, executive VP, Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch.

The announcement by Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch comes on the heels of the poultry farm’s previous announcement in 2014 of a $33-million expansion in Ionia County.

It will create a total of 100 jobs between both projects.

Sewage infrastructure

The company’s 2014 expansion plans include an investment of $1.5 million in a new public main sewer line tied directly to the public system.

The company's expansion of the sewer line, funded by Herbruck’s, will be available to any company along the line. Upon completion, the sewer line will be donated to the community.

The Right Place said “significant upgrades must be completed” at the Lakewood Waste Water Authority in Lake Odessa. The authority is operating near capacity, and “improvements must be made” before the company can expand its operations in Ionia County.

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch is currently working with Lake Odessa and the Lakewood Waste Water Authority on upgrade plans.

Regional support

“We are thrilled that Herbruck’s continues to invest in Ionia County and is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen in the community,” said Jen Wangler, business development manager, The Right Place.

Wangler added that local support for the project is being led by the Ionia County Economic Alliance, with support by The Right Place.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp., or MEDC, the state’s marketing arm, is also supporting the expansion through the Michigan Business Development Program. 

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