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Wisconsin-based Foremost Farms expanding in Greenville Industrial Park

Foremost Farms

Wisconsin-based Foremost Farms is expanding in Greenville investing tens of millions of dollars creating jobs. Foremost Farms is a dairy processing cooperative based in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Its milk processing and marketing cooperative that is farmer-owned. The co-op has roughly 1,400 dairy farmer members. Its annual sales are $1.5 billion ranking 28th in the nation.

As it grows sales there’s a need for expansion. Late last year Foremost Farms made a $1.1 million investment in the Greenville Industrial Park purchasing 96-acres from the City of Greenville. This is where its breaking ground on 55,000square foot milk condensing facility with a completion date scheduled for the end of the year.

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Foremost Farms Greenville rendering

Foremost calls this phase one in Greenville where the plant will condense more than 3 million pounds of raw milk daily with full capacity targeted for 4 million pounds. There are multiple phases planned for the campus increasing production over several years. Construction of phase one is ticketed at nearly $58 million dollars creating 33 new jobs. Additional jobs will be created with additional expansions.

In a news release from regional development organization, The Right Place, explains, “The company is already engaged in talks with companies interested in creating value-added production facilities on the campus to serve Foremost’s cooperative partners.”

The Michigan Strategic Fund is awaiting approval of a private activity bond inducement valued at up to $12 million. Pending approval the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is supporting the project with a $500,000 grant and the City of Greenville plans to support the project with a 12-year property tax abatement valued at more than $2 million.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.