Purchased in 1993 from Arcadia Fryers to improve cost structure and better compete in its core markets, the company’s Arcadia, Wisc., production facility will grow—under the expansion — by 22,000 square feet and 15% production capacity.
In addition to plant construction and working with Wisconsin-based Market & Johnson to complete it, the expansion is also expected to infuse continued capital into the local economy with additional yearly corn purchases of half million bushels from area grain farmers; barn construction; and the addition of more than 20 new family farm partners.
The company has reportedly invested an estimated $25 million dollars, with this phase costing about $13 million dollars. With the addition of local grower financing for new barns, it’s expected the overall project will bring about $53 million to the local economy.
“We’re excited to share the benefits of the expansion and growth with our team members and community—especially when times have been trying for a lot of people,” stated Michael Helgeson, Chief Executive Officer and third-generation in the family-owned business. “By strengthening the company, it means better business for everyone."