TIPP CITY, Ohio (WDTN) Governor John Kaisch joined officials in Tipp City to celebrate the groundbreaking for an expansion at the Meijer facility.
The governor said it’s another step towards good business and jobs in Ohio.
The project is an example of what’s working in the Miami Valley.
Meijer officials expect at least 100 jobs to be filled by the Summer of 2015 when the dairy facility will open in Tipp City.
The expansion is expected to help the company boost its deliveries to stores across Ohio and the Midwest.
Wednesday’s soggy day did not keep the officials from starting from the ground up a 173,000 square foot building that will put Ohioans to work.
Kaisch told the crowd the event was an example of the great environment Ohio provided for big businesses like Meijer.
However, he said the job doesn’t stop here.
“… it’s their job to be out there thinking about what comes next and so with Meijer here, and with Abbott here, we start thinking about what else can we do. WIth Procter & Gamble opening a logistics facility here, the key is what comes next and you never rest on what you do, you think about what can be done,” he said.
Meijer officials said the dairy facility will invest $100 million back into Ohio.
Co-CEO Mark Murray said the facility will bring a new flexibility and direct control of a fresh product; prior to this facility, the company relied on a Michigan based plant for it’s dairy.
“Well, our goal as a company every day is to serve our customer better this let’s us do even more fresh product that we directly control. We found that we’re able to do milk well. We’ve got a milk plant up in Michigan. But this will be the first time we build our own dairy, but we’re excited about it, we think that it’s gonna make that experience just a little better for our customers and that’s what every day is about just a little bit better,” said Murray.
The dairy plant plans to work with local farms to produce 30 million gallons of Meijer branded products.
Governor Kaisch also noted that the company will receive incentives from negotiations between the state and Meijer.
He expects to see a return on those incentives in less than two years.