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Ireland-Based Kerry Expands Manufacturing Facility In Rochester, Minnesota

Kerry, an Ireland based food ingredients, taste and nutrition company, plans a $18.1 million expansion of its manufacturing facility in Rochester, Minnesota. The project is the first phase of a larger facility expansion project planned at $28.6 million.

The company, the global leading provider of taste and nutrition solutions for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, plans to build a 5,300-square-foot addition that will hold a new spray dryer and two 10,000-gallon dryer feed tanks.

As an incentive, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is supporting the project with a $175,000 grant from the Job Creation Fund. DEED will award the funding once the company has met its investment and job retention goals.

“I commend Kerry for its decision to expand in Rochester. This decision is a testament to Minnesota’s highly-skilled and productive workforce,” said Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. “The Job Creation Fund is a critical tool for expanding economic opportunity in Greater Minnesota. I urge the 2017 Legislature to restore funding for the Job Creation Fund so that more communities may benefit from it in the future.”

“Kerry is making a major investment that will keep good-paying jobs in the Rochester area,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “This project will enable the company to retain 96 jobs paying wages that average $19.60 an hour.”

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