Kellogg Company will expand its W.K. Kellogg Institute for Food and
Nutrition Research (WKKI) in Battle Creek, Michigan, with a $40 million
investment. According to a company statement, the 157,000-square-foot
pilot plant and office space addition will expand the company's
existing global center for research and development, which opened in
1997. "In 2006, 17 percent of net sales, or almost $1.9 billion were
delivered through innovations launched in the last three years," says
David Mackay, Kellogg's president and CEO. "The expansion of the WKKI
facility ensures we can continue to drive strong innovation." State and
local incentives being provided to Kellogg include designating the
facility as an Agricultural Processing Renaissance Zone (APRZ) for 10
years. The APRZ offers tax exemptions for agricultural processors
within the state. Construction is planned to begin in the second
quarter of 2008, with completion in the third quarter of 2009.
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