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Soybean Producers Laud News of Pork Processing Facility
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Clemens Food Group, a family-owned integrated pork production business based in Pennsylvania, has committed to building a new facility in South Central Michigan. The project is expected​ to generate $255.7 million in capital investment and create 810 new jobs​.

Contact: Gail Frahm, Executive Director
gfrahm@michigansoybean.org or 877.769.6424


 

Soybean Producers Laud News of Coming Pork Processing Facility


The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee joins many others in the agriculture industry in celebrating the announcement of a new pork processing facility to be built in Coldwater. 

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced that Clemens Food Group, a family-owned integrated pork production business based in Pennsylvania, has committed to building a new facility in South Central Michigan. The project is expected to generate $255.7 million in capital investment and create 810 new jobs, according to MEDC. 

“Hogs are at or near the top of meat animal species that make efficient use of the protein in soybean meal,” says James Domagalski of Columbus, who represents Michigan farmers on the United States Soybean Export Council and the United Soybean Board.

The use of soybean meal in animal diets captures about 97% of the U.S. supply, according to Mark Seamon, research coordinator for the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee. “Projects that build or stabilize the market for soybeans are welcome and receive the full support of the soybean supply chain,” Seamon says. 

Domagalski adds that Michigan farmers have been shipping more than 2 million hogs out of state for processing each year since Thorn Apple Valley closed its Detroit slaughterhouse and laid off 1,000 employees in 1998, a year before collapsing into bankruptcy. In-state processing adds value to Michigan hogs, capturing more profit for Michigan farmers.

The benefits of new jobs, new facilities and related supporting services are good news for Michiganians. 

Other benefits are just as exciting to Michigan farmers, including a nearby market for finished hogs as well as the opportunity for expanding hog production. Hogs consume more than 150,000 tons of soybean meal each year in Michigan, according to Seamon of MSPC. Because Michigan is a net exporter of feed grains, the prospect of expanding the industry is promising.