(Beaver Dam) The Conagra plant in Beaver Dam is expanding operations, a move that is expected to create 140 full-time jobs over the next five years. The company plans to invest approximately $78 million to modernize and expand the current 350,000-square-foot cold storage and vegetable packaging facility on Green Valley Road, which packages Birds Eye frozen vegetables.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced the expansion, which will use $750,000 in state income tax credits over the next five years. The actual amount of tax credits that Conagra Brands will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment during that period.
WEDC Secretary Mark Hogan says the decision to expand in Wisconsin is a testament to the state’s strong business climate and outstanding workforce.”
State Senator Scott Fitzgerald says the expansion means Wisconsin “continues to remain open for business.” The Juneau Republican says, “operations expansions like this one prove why Wisconsin is the best place in the country to work, live and raise a family.”
State Representative Mark Born the “exciting expansion plan is another example of strong investments being made in Dodge County because of pro-growth policies enacted over the last eight years.”
In addition to the 140 jobs expected to be added by the company, an economic modeling study estimates the project could indirectly create 84 additional jobs in the region. The WEDC says those 226 jobs could generate more than $360,000 annually in state income tax revenue. In addition, the expansion itself could create up to 277 direct jobs during construction.
Birds Eye was founded in the early 1900s by Clarence Birdseye, who developed a patented way to flash freeze vegetables instantly.
There are nearly 800 employees at Birds Eye operations at both the Beaver Dam and Darien plants in Wisconsin.