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Food manufacturing plant to bring dozens of new jobs by 2013

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New jobs are coming to Vanderburgh County.

PGP International is building a 70,000 square foot food manufacturing plant at the Vanderburgh Industrial Park.

The bulldozers may arrive as early as Friday with concrete poured by next week. Thursday night, many are just celebrating the good news.

Gold shovels tore up the soil on lot 11 in the Vanderburgh Industrial Park Thursday.

An official groundbreaking held to celebrate the good news.

"It's super exciting," said CEO of PGP International Nicolas Hanson. "It's great news for us, great news for Evansville."

PGP International plans to build a 70,000 square foot manufacturing plant to produce two products, crisps for cereal bars and a specialized animal feed.

The company says 20 jobs will be immediate, and 41 will come when the plant is in full operation.

The jobs, on average, will pay $22 an hour with benefits.

"It's a very good day for us," noted County Commissioner Marsha Abell.

PGP says it looked at 45 locations before choosing Vanderburgh Co. The company says location, ease of transportation, the shovel-ready site and the areas workforce were deciding factors.

"They really wanted to make sure they had a top notch workforce and an educational system that was going to continue to provide those people," said Debbie Dewie with GAGE.

"With the three universities in Evansville, it's a huge advantage and there's a huge talented workforce that we can pull from," Hanson said.

PGP's CEO says the plant should be in full operation by July.

If all goes well, they'll have an option to expand the facility to more than 200,000 square feet.

"I hope this is the first step and I want to be working with them for the expansion pretty soon," said Dewey.

This will be PGP's 6th US location.

Economic leaders say the impact to the community will be $28 million a year. Because of that, the company was awarded a 10-year tax phase in and several grants.

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