With the assist from a $500,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant, Herbruck's Poultry Ranch
will begin a $33 million expansion in the Village of Saranac that is expected to add 50 new jobs in the next three years.
Jennifer Wangler, the executive director of the Ionia County Economic Alliance and the Ionia County business development manager for The Right Place, says the grant is contingent on Herbruck's hitting several milestones relating to job growth and capital investment over the next three years.
Wangler says that performance-based grants are an important tool for economic development and help in the retaining of companies, especially community-minded firms like Herbruck's. "Anytime a company stays local is a good thing," she says.
Wangler says the new jobs "will run the gamut" and include both hourly and salaried positions.
Herbruck's Poultry Ranch is a leading egg production and processing company based in Saranac, Michigan. Operating since 1958, Herbruck's remains a family-owned and operated business, with a workforce of over 400. The company supplies retail and food service customers nationwide with shell eggs, whole liquid eggs, and hard-cooked peeled eggs. For more information, visit: www.herbrucks.com
Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs Growth Editor