Today, The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the City of Wyoming, announced that Wisconsin-based Agropur, Inc. will invest $21.3 million to expand its existing local facility, resulting in the creation of 62 new jobs over the next three years.
Agropur is a dairy industry leader that processes more than 13 billion pounds of milk per year at its 39 plants across North America. Agropur is the American subsidiary of Agropur Cooperative, a dairy manufacturer headquartered in Canada. Its facility at 5252 Clay SW, Wyoming, MI 49548 mainly produces various shelf-stable dairy products distributed across the country.
The majority of the $21.3 million expansion project at Agropur’s Wyoming facility will be for new equipment, with a portion going towards building modifications. This investment is driven by the need to meet growing customer demand, and will result in a modernized production line, increased production capacity, and the creation of 62 new jobs.
“We’re excited to be expanding our facility in Grand Rapids, which will allow us to better serve our customers,” said Doug Simon, President of US Operations, Agropur. “This investment is a key to continuing Agropur’s impressive growth, and will also create jobs in the state of Michigan.”
The City of Wyoming was chosen over multiple competing sites in other states. The Right Place worked in collaboration with the MEDC to ensure the project happened in West Michigan. The Right Place also connected the company with workforce development resources at West Michigan Works! to assist with talent attraction and workforce training.
“Agropur’s decision to invest $21.3 million and create more than 60 jobs is a tremendous win for West Michigan and the region's growing food processing sector,” said Thad Rieder, Senior Business Development Manager, The Right Place. “By partnering with the City of Wyoming, West Michigan Works!, Grand Rapids Community College and MEDC, The Right Place has been able to coordinate talent, training, and financial tools to boost Agropur’s internal return for this important expansion.”
The MEDC is supporting the expansion effort with a $434,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The expansion will also be supported locally by a P.A. 198 tax abatement from the City of Wyoming.
“The City of Wyoming is a phenomenal place for manufacturing and we are so proud to have companies like Agropur in our community,” said Mayor Jack Poll, City of Wyoming. “We are excited to be a part of their growth story and we look forward to watching their continued success.”