Food Engineering

Plant Openings & Expansions: August 2011

August 1, 2011

Cargill announced a $12.5 million expansion of its Mason City, IA plant. Work will begin this summer, with the expansion fully operational by spring 2012.


General Mills Inc. plans to spend $36 million to build a new distribution center in Fort Wayne, IN. The 1.5 million-sq.-ft. center will approximately double the size of an existing leased site.


Bell Aquaculture broke ground on a $5 million expansion at its yellow perch production facility in Albany, IN.


Santa Monica Seafood opened its new Phoenix, AZ distribution hub and will be providing delivery four days a week to the area. The building features a 1,330-sq.-ft. office space and a 3,830-sq.-ft. warehouse space, housing offices, two loading docks and refrigerated and frozen storage.


Tate & Lyle is reopening its sucralose plant in McIntosh, AL that closed in 2009. The processor paused production at the facility and started production in Singapore, but because of  increasing demand, the plant is expected to reopen in 2012.


Mars Chocolate North America plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Topeka, KS. Phase I is planned for completion in 2013 and will produce M&M’s and SNICKERS brand candies. Mars expects to investment more than $250 million in phase I. The facility will pursue a LEED Gold certification.