Chore-Time celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 30 to mark the official opening of its $7.1 million building expansion. Milford and county officials who helped cut the ribbon included Milford Town Council members Bob Cockburn and Doug Ruch, along with George Robertson from Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation, Bob Jackson, County Commissioner and Alyssa Lowe from the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce. Also participating in the ribbon cutting were Dan Robinson, Brent Robinson and Dan Reynolds from Robinson Construction, company personnel from Chore-Time and CTB, and local media.
The expansion features 45,000 square feet of floor space, five new truck docks and a new truck drive along the north side of the Chore-Time plant. Six new fabrication machines were purchased as part of the project along with a variety of material handling and assembly fixtures and warehouse racks.
The addition to Chore-Time’s existing facilities in Milford was designed to improve the flow of raw materials into the building and the efficiency of manufacturing processes and delivery performance. As the project progressed, Chore-Time added approximately 80 full-time employees to its ranks. A celebration event for Chore-Time employees is planned later in 2015.
The expansion project was announced in late 2014 with groundbreaking taking place soon afterwards. The new space brings Chore-Time’s total square footage in Milford to 395,000 square feet.
Employees, machinery and inventory were moved into the new space in July and August, and the project is now essentially complete. A few finishing touches, such as landscaping, are still planned.
“This ribbon cutting marks the culmination of a wonderful team effort,” said Chris Stoler, executive vice president and general manager for the Chore-Time Group. “I’d like to extend my thanks to all the Chore-Time team members who have worked so hard and demonstrated such great teamwork.”
“The completion of the building complements the efforts of the whole team to increase the efficiency of our customer fulfillment process,” he added. “This effort will continue in the months and years ahead, as we strive to further optimize and enhance the way we supply products and services globally. Our goal is continuous improvement in how we meet customer needs and support the growth in global demand for Chore-Time’s poultry, egg and pig production systems.”
Jeff Miller, operations manager for Chore-Time, noted that the town of Milford, Kosciusko County and the State of Indiana contributed economic incentives to facilitate the Chore-Time expansion. He also thanked the team at Robinson Construction and the many others involved in the project.