Two Long-Standing West Michigan Food Processors Expand
TWO LONG-STANDING WEST MICHIGAN FOOD PROCCESSORS EXPAND
7/18/2019 // ZEELAND, MICH – Mead Johnson and Hudsonville Ice Cream & Creamery announced major growth projects today, representing more than $68 million in private investment, creating up to 42 new jobs. Mead Johnson will invest $67.7 million in the City of Zeeland to grow its infant formula manufacturing and Hudsonville Ice Cream will invest $863,300 in the City of Holland to expand and diversify packaging.
Grant funding for the projects was approved today at the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development’s meeting. The companies will receive grants from the Food and Agriculture Investment Fund. Mead Johnson will receive a $175,000 grant. Hudsonville Creamery will receive a $60,000 grant.
“We’re very proud to help support the new projects at Mead Johnson and Hudsonville Creamery,” said Gary McDowell, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. “The leadership and collaboration demonstrated by the companies, Lakeshore Advantage and State partners has been tremendous, and it’s very exciting to see continued job growth in Michigan’s food and ag industry. As always, our inspectors and our business development specialists will continue to work closely with the companies to ensure the projects are completed quickly and smoothly.”
Lakeshore Advantage worked with these companies and connected them with local and state resources to support their expansions. “Allegan and Ottawa Counties are home to more than 40 food processing manufacturers employing more than 7,000 workers,” said Jennifer Owens, president of Lakeshore Advantage. “The growth of these two important manufacturers solidifies our region as a great place for food processors to locate and grow.”
Mead Johnson develops and markets safe, high quality, innovative products that help meet the nutritional needs of infants and children, producing both routine and hypoallergenic infant formulas. The company’s expansion will include building renovations to add a new employee entrance and the installation of new machinery and equipment that will enable the facility to become the global supply and technical center for hypoallergenic infant formulas. For more information, visit www.meadjohnson.com.
Mead Johnson has been an anchor employer in the City of Zeeland since 1924. “The City of Zeeland is excited to support Mead Johnson’s continued growth within the City of Zeeland,” said Tim Klunder, city manager for the City of Zeeland. “Mead Johnson has a long history of being a world leader in the arena of infant nutrition. The fact that they have, and will expand upon, a strong manufacturing presence in the city is a great sense of pride for us and we thank them for their corporate partnership with the city.”
Hudsonville Creamery and Ice Cream Company will receive a $60,000 performance-based grant to support the purchase of new machinery and equipment that will expand and diversify the packaging line at their facility in Holland, Michigan. The project will lead to an investment of $863,300 and the creation of three new jobs and will allow Hudsonville Creamery to expand their customer base and increase their utilization of Michigan milk and cream. For more information, visit www.hudsonvilleicecream.com.
“With their dedication to providing genuine goodness through their products, Hudsonville Creamery and Ice Cream Company has become an integral part of this community,” said Keith Van Beek, city manager of the City of Holland. “As the City of Holland continues to grow and develop, we are thrilled to see Hudsonville Creamery and Ice Cream Company choose to expand and invest further in our community.”
About Lakeshore Advantage
Mead Johnson and Hudsonville Creamery investing more than $68 million
Lakeshore Advantage is a non-profit local economic development organization started in 2003 by forward-focused business and community leaders to ensure current and future generations want to live and work in our vibrant economy. Lakeshore Advantage assists primary employers, from startups to large world-class corporations, in West Michigan’s Allegan and Ottawa counties. For more information, visit www.lakeshoreadvantage.com.