Rep VanderWall applauds grants to expand Ludington company

first_img Legislator says business is vital to downtown economy Categories: News,VanderWall News State Rep. Curt VanderWall today said downtown Ludington will benefit from state grants awarded to help the House of Flavors expand its dairy operations.VanderWall, of Ludington, said the company, which is the largest private label packaged ice cream and frozen dessert manufacturer in Michigan, received a $240,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant to assist in its expansion, which is expected to create 30 jobs. He said the company has already invested $30 million into its manufacturing facility to keep up with demand, and will contribute another $1.5 million toward an upgrade to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.In addition, House of Flavors also has been awarded a $100,000 Food and Agriculture Investment Program grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). The money will be used to help House of Flavors make equipment upgrades to expand capacity.“This is a perfect example of how the state can partner with private industry to continue Michigan’s economic growth,” VanderWall said. “We are not only keeping the jobs associated with House of Flavors in Ludington, we are adding jobs to improve the quality of life for more families in the area. Not only is the company creating jobs and contributing to the local economy, it also is investing in the infrastructure of the city so we have more growth opportunity.”The MDARD grant is the first to move through the Food and Agriculture Investment Fund and will aid the House of Flavors in removing a single-serve hardening system and replace it with a spiral operation that can help harden a variety of products at once.“Agriculture is the second largest industry in Michigan, and plays an important role in the Mason County economy,” VanderWall said. “It is encouraging to see one of the nation’s leading producers of ice cream benefit from state grants, because it helps the local agriculture industry grow.”#####center_img 21Nov Rep. VanderWall applauds grants to expand Ludington companylast_img

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