Construction workers build the addition to the Cargill egg processing plant in Lake Odessa. Courtesy Cargill
Today marks the official completion of a $27-million expansion project at an egg processing plant in the region.
Cargill’s plant in Lake Odessa, southeast of Grand Rapids, was expanded by about 28,000 square feet to increase its egg processing capabilities to meet the needs of an “important” customer with an existing product.
The expansion also allows for the addition of specialized equipment needed to meet the customer’s growth.
Due to the expansion, the facility has added 50 jobs, bringing its workforce from 187 people to 236 people.
"These new jobs are good news for Lake Odessa and our state," U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow said. "This expansion is a great testament to Michigan workers and farmers, and I applaud Cargill for this important investment."
In 2014, a $10.6-million expansion was completed at the facility, adding 22,500 square feet of cooler and freezer storage space.
The plant was opened in 1989 and acquired by Minneapolis-based Cargill in 1994.