Huge expansion for Rochester manufacturing plant


ROCHESTER, Minn. – An Irish company is expanding in southeastern Minnesota.

Kerry, a food ingredients manufacturer, announced Tuesday an $18.1 million expansion of its facility in Rochester, the first phase of a $28.6 million project.

Plans are to build a 5,300 square foot addition that will hold a new spray dryer and two 10,000 gallon dryer feed tanks.

This project is being supported by a $175,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and will help the company retain 96 jobs that pay an average of $19.60 an hour.

“Kerry is making a major investment that will keep good-paying jobs in the Rochester area,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy.

The state funding will be provided once the company has met its investment and job retention goals.

“I commend Kerry for its decision to expand in Rochester. This decision is a testament to Minnesota’s highly-skilled and productive workforce,” said Lt. Gov. Tina Smith.  “The Job Creation Fund is a critical tool for expanding economic opportunity in Greater Minnesota. I urge the 2017 Legislature to restore funding for the Job Creation Fund so that more communities may benefit from it in the future.”

Kerry began as a small dairy business in southern Ireland in 1972 and now employs 23,000 people in more 100 locations around the world.

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