CARTHAGE, MO.--- One of the nation's largest dairy companies is expanding its Carthage food plant. Plans are underway to expand Schreiber's Food Plant on Fairview Avenue in Carthage. The project calls for constructing about 29,000 square feet of new space, as well as remodeling 67,000 square feet of existing space.
Equipment for cheese packaging and storage facilities for cheese, ingredients, and packing materials will also be installed. The expansion will phase in about 160 more jobs over the next three years. The Carthage Chamber President Mark Elliff says the majority of those jobs will be filled from employees from other plants in Missouri and Georgia.
He says the expansion is good news for Carthage. "It's good news. Number one, it's good for the housing market, it's good for the retail sales in the area," said Mark Elliff, Carthage Chamber President.
The total cost of the project is $30 million on real estate, and $60 million in improvements on new machinery. The city's Enhanced Enterprise Zone Board approved tax breaks of $4.5 million for new construction on the property. That abatement will be based over a 12 year period. The plant will be complete in 2015.
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