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Bob Evans Farms Invests $4.1 Million To Expand Hillsdale, Michigan, Packaging Facility

Area Development Online News Desk (05/07/2014)
Bob Evans Farms, a leader in fresh sausage, refrigerated mash potatoes, and side dishes, will invest up to $4.1 million to refurbish and expand an existing packaging facility in Hillsdale, Michigan, creating 17 new jobs.

Bob Evans Farms, which owns nearly 600 full-service restaurants in 19 states, will be expanding and adding jobs in Michigan with support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is supporting the project with a six mill State Education Tax exemption estimated at $119,000.

“A 12-year PA 198 IFT tax abatement from the City of Hillsdale will result in $523,000 in property tax savings for Bob Evans Farms,” said City Manager Linda Brown. “The tax abatement will help the company increase its productivity and output of product, and ultimately increase employment opportunities for Hillsdale residents.”

“Bob Evans’ investment and growing presence here demonstrate Michigan’s leadership in agriculture and food production, and we thank the company for continuing to expand in Michigan,” said MEDC President/CEO Michael A. Finney. “It is through the efforts of the City of Hillsdale and the Economic Development Partnership of Hillsdale County that this expansion is taking place, and we are very pleased to support this collaboration.”

“On behalf of the City of Hillsdale, it is a great honor for me to be able to thank Bob Evans Farms for expanding its facility, growing its operation, and creating more much-needed employment opportunities in Hillsdale,” said City of Hillsdale Mayor Scott Sessions. “It is a very exciting time for all of Hillsdale, and I am grateful to the Bob Evans Corporation for selecting the Hillsdale facility for its expansion.”

In addition, South Central Michigan Works!, in coordination with the Hillsdale Economic Development Partnership of Hillsdale County, regional Michigan Works! partners, local colleges, MEDC, and other partners, will provide hiring and training assistance.

“Bob Evans’ expansion highlights the continued growth of Michigan’s food and agriculture sector,” said Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams. “The food and agriculture industry in the state, across the country, and around the world knows that Michigan is open for business.”

“The Economic Development Partnership of Hillsdale County is very focused on our agricultural sector and extremely pleased that Bob Evans has chosen to invest in our county,” said Economic Development Partnership of Hillsdale County Executive Director Susan M. Smith. “The EDP works diligently in partnership with the MEDC, the Michigan Department of Agriculture, Hillsdale County, South Central Michigan works and the City of Hillsdale to support the growth of Bob Evans Farms in any way possible.”

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