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Bakery plans $85M expansion and 238 jobs

July 24, 2019
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A family-run bakery in the area is expanding with the aid of multiple organizations.

The Right Place, in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the city of Kentwood, announced Roskam Baking Company will expand its operations at 5565 Broadmoor Ave. SE in Kentwood. The expansion will result in the creation of 238 new jobs and a capital investment of $85.2 million.

Roskam was founded in 1923 as a family-owned bakery in Grand Rapids. Today, the company still is owned and operated by the Roskam family, employs over 2,000 in West Michigan, and is a manufacturer for major food companies and brands around the country. The expanded facility will house two new product lines for the company as a result of contracts earned in 2018.

The Right Place connected Roskam Baking to workforce development resources at West Michigan Works! to assist with worker training.

The MEDC is supporting the expansion effort with the approval of a $1 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.

The city of Kentwood is considering the approval of a local PA 198 property tax abatement to support Roskam’s decision to expand in the city.

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