, WI) – Seneca Foods Corporation
, the world's largest producer of canned vegetables and the leading processor of fruits in the U.S., recently announced an expansion at its Janesville plant. The expansion, which is anchored by the introduction of a new packaging line, involves an 80,000 SF addition to the company's existing 1.1 Million SF footprint. This multi-million dollar expansion will enhance the company's processing / packaging capabilities and eventually its staffing levels, as well.
Seneca Foods is a publicly traded processor of canned and frozen fruits and vegetables. With facilities located throughout the U.S., Seneca's products are sold under various, well established private labels and international markets. The company has been in Janesville since 1982 and it contracts with regional growers to process corn, carrots, peas, potatoes and mixed vegetables too.
To facilitate the expansion, the City of Janesville is providing a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) package. Included in this TIF package is the development of a new City owned anaerobic digester, which will be utilized as a pretreatment facility for Seneca as well as other utility-intensive industries. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
and Alliant Energy
are providing additional project support, as well.
According to James Otterstein, Rock County Economic Development
Manager, "This project speaks volumes about the area's deep food processing roots
, as well as the creativity of our Economic Development Team. This new pretreatment facility provides another value-added Rock County offering to emerging, expanding or relocating food processing firms."