FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – Clinton County officials announced Tuesday that a new facility will be built in Frankfort employing more than 200 workers.
ConAgra Foods, headquartered in Omaha, Neb., will build a 1.6 million square-foot facility on a 288-acre site in Frankfort. The site is located adjacent to County Road 0, north of the Frankfort Industrial Park. The facility will accommodate the company’s existing operations, currently in Lebanon, as well as anticipated future growth.
In a press release to News 18, Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes said a unified effort by city and county leaders led to Frankfort being choosen as the home to ConAgra Foods’ new distribution center.
“Our area teamwork, along with the creation of Frankfort’s Economic Development Plan and the creation of our Redevelopment Commission were key elements in attracting ConAgra Foods to our community,” McBarnes said.
He continued to add that the creation of the local Ivy Tech campus has strengthened and enhanced the local workforce. McBarnes said all the steps in the last couple of years have brought the city to this celebratory announcement Tuesday.
“Our Industrial Park already is home to two other food manufacturers, including Archer Daniels Midland and Frito-Lay. With the addition of ConAgra Foods on a multi-acre site, Frankfort is beginning to define itself as the city that feeds the state that feeds the world,” McBarnes said.
Vice President of Supply Chain for ConAgra Foods, Bob Masching Sr., said choosing Frankfort for their distribution center was made possible through great partnerships between ConAgra Foods and local officials. He said they look forward to having a presence in the area.
“Frankfort is a great fit for ConAgra Foods and our new distribution center. There is a good workforce in the area and the location will allow us to address our current and future business needs,” said Masching.
Clinton County Commissioners President Bert Weaver said county officials will work with city leaders to help provide infrastructure needs for ConAgra Foods.
Weaver said the company is making a significant investment over the next several years, so city officials have proposed a 20-year Tax Increment Financing incentive to bring ConAgra Foods to the community.
The Frankfort City Council President Jim Moyer said the annexation plans focus on growing the city’s boundaries.
“The ability to expand the City by careful planning through annexation is critically important to our long-term success and thoughtful growth,” Moyer said.
Company officials said a summer groundbreaking is anticipated at the site located adjacent to County Road 0, north of the Frankfort Industrial Park.
The jobs created as a result of the new distribution center includes approximately 150 positions from the company’s distribution center in Lebanon.