Litehouse, Inc. will invest $12.1 million and add 77 new jobs at its Lowell, MI facility. The Idaho-based refrigerated salad dressing manufacturer recently completed a 25,000-square-foot expansion. This latest investment will bring in additional operations capabilities to help the company keep up with increased growth and demand across all its business channels. The 100 percent employee-owned company currently employs more than 340 people in Lowell and more than 1,000 worldwide.
“Litehouse is excited to expand our production facilities and workforce in Lowell,” said Jim Frank, President and CEO, Litehouse. “The company is experiencing strong growth, especially in our Eastern US and Canadian markets making our Michigan plant essential to our current and future growth. We are grateful to The Right Place for the opportunity to continue to grow our Michigan business.”
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is supporting the expansion effort with the approval of a $462,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.
The Right Place worked with the company in collaboration with the MEDC to assist the company’s local growth versus possibilities at the company’s other manufacturing locations in Idaho and Utah.
“West Michigan’s food processing industry employs thousands in West Michigan, and continues to grow, thanks to Litehouse Foods,” said Thad Rieder, Senior business development manager, The Right Place. “Bringing the right growth resources at the right time will ensure that Litehouse continues to grow and prosper in Lowell.”
“Litehouse is pleased to be working with the Right Place on our expansion plans,” said Kelly Prior, Executive Vice President and CFO, Litehouse. “Over the past year, we have increased the number of employee owners in Michigan from 254 to 341 and with this project we will increase another 77 employee owners by the end of the year. We are excited to help drive the successful business growth in West Michigan.”
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