Hormel Foods Corporation announced Thursday that it will be investing approximately $150 million in an expansion of the company's Burke manufacturing facility in Nevada, Iowa. Burke is one of the leading providers of pizza toppings and other fully cooked meat products in the foodservice and prepared food industries.
The 210,000-square-foot expansion is one of the largest in the company's history. Adding to the current 225,000 square feet of production, warehouse and offices, the expansion would also add approximately 210 new jobs in addition to the current 350 team members.
"This expansion of our Burke facility is a significant and strategic investment, allowing us to continue to expand and accelerate growth in our foodservice portfolio," says Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer at Hormel Foods. "Burke has been a leader in the pizza topping industry, and this expansion will provide them with the additional capacity to meet the growing demand for its products."
"This investment is a testament to the Burke team and the pride every one of our team members puts into the creation of our customer's products," says Chad Randick, president of Burke Marketing Corporation. "The expansion will be a positive force for the Nevada community, bringing added jobs and boosting the local economy. We are proud to expand in Nevada and Story County where Burke has called home since 1974."
Construction of the planned expansion will begin in the next few months, following anticipated approvals at the local and state level, with an expected completion date in early 2020.
"On behalf of the City of Nevada, I extend my sincere thanks to the many partners who came together to make the Burke expansion project a reality," says Brett Barker, Mayor of Nevada. "Burke Corporation has been a cornerstone of the Nevada business community for generations. It's impossible to overstate the significance of this project for the community and our future economic development."
Burke will continue to provide fully cooked meats to pizza operators, food manufacturers and food distributors — along with category leading customization expertise, menu innovation and menu ideation during the expansion process.
The company will begin recruiting additional team members as the expansion nears completion.