Food Engineering

Plant Openings & Expansions: January 2011

January 1, 2011

Bushman Family Farms opened a 42,000-sq.-ft. poultry processing plant in Charles City, IA. Once owned by All-States Quality Foods, the plant has been expanded to include an enclosed drive-through truck unloading and cleaning section. The facility currently has 90 employees and processes 100,000 chickens per week.

Diamond Foods will double the size of its kettle potato chip production facility in Beloit, WI. Construction is expected to be complete in 2012.

Mikawaya USA, creator of Mochi ice cream, opened the doors to a new 103,000-sq.-ft. plant near downtown Los Angeles. Mikawaya specializes in the production of Japanese pastries and desserts.

Mars Petcare US Inc. is planning to consolidate its regional distribution operations in a 1.3 million-sq.-ft. building in West Jefferson, OH. The $52.7 million project is expected to create 40 full-time jobs.

Hershey plans to add 335,000 sq. ft. to its Eastern Distribution Center warehouse near Hershey, PA. The company is closing an aging West Shore distribution facility as it shifts activity to the new location, where $250-300 million will be invested.

Cone Distributing Inc., located in Ocala, FL, will build a new $16 million distribution center. Construction is expected to begin by July and be finished in a year.