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Unilever Invests $99 Million To Expand Its Independence, Missouri, Production Campus

Area Development Online News Desk (05/09/2014)
Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products, will expand its production facility in Independence, Missouri. The company’s expansion plan includes a $99 million capital investment and is expected to create approximately 70 full-time jobs.

Currently, Unilever’s Independence facility processes wet foods, including Wish-Bone salad dressings, which Unilever sold in 2013, and Hellmann’s salad dressings for the company's food service business, Unilever Food Solutions. The Independence facility is adding a variety of dry mix products including sides, soups, sauces, and gravies under the Knorr and Lipton brand names. Over the next two years, the Independence site will become a dedicated dry mix facility.

“Last fall, I was pleased to meet with Unilever North America President, Kees Kruythoff, and other company officials about how Missouri’s skilled workforce, favorable business climate and outstanding quality of life make the Show-Me State a great place for global businesses like theirs to grow and invest,” Governor Jay Nixon said. “Today’s announcement that Unilever will not only stay in Missouri, but will be making new investments and creating additional jobs, is a big win for Independence and a great news for our growing economy.”

To assist Unilever with its expansion, the Missouri Department of Economic Development has offered a strategic economic incentive package that the company can receive if it meets strict job creation and investment criteria.

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