Gerber Products Company Expands Production in Fremont, Michigan
The project will add approximately 50 new jobs and retain existing positions as a result of the freeze-dry line, and generate a total private investment of $36 million over the next two years, according to Michigan Economic Development Corporation. In addition, Fremont will be the location selected for future new product lines and programs, positively impacting the local supply chain and ensuring that Fremont will become the hub for new programs and technologies in the future.
To support the job creation and investment, Michigan Strategic Fund approved an MSF Designated Renaissance Zone for 10 years. Michigan was chosen over competing locations. In addition, the city will receive a Payment in Lieu of Taxes from the company totaling $700,000 that will cover 50 percent of the city taxes abated under the Renaissance Zone.
State officials noted, “the project aligns with MEDC’s strategic goal of providing competitive wages in an under-served area. In addition, the investment in the Fremont plant will solidify the company's presence in Fremont as the “baby food capital of America” and will secure future opportunities for new technologies and investment. The investment is also important for continued relationships with Michigan growers and suppliers and to strengthen the regionally significant agribusiness industry.”
“Gerber’s Fremont facility has been a critical component of our regional economy for decades,” said Birgit Klohs, President and CEO, The Right Place, Inc. “Beyond providing hundreds of quality advanced manufacturing jobs with competitive wages, Gerber also supports the regional agribusiness industry and has strong relationships with local growers and suppliers. This investment will strengthen Gerber’s presence in the region and position the agribusiness industry for continued growth.”
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