NORWALK, Iowa- The City of Norwalk, south of Des Moines, has cut the ribbon on a Michael Foods manufacturing plant, in a growing industrial area.
The company is a subsidiary of Post Holdings, and is based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Company officials say the Norwalk facility will specialize in egg-based food products, and will eventually employ 168 people.
There are two other Michael Foods locations in Iowa, in Lenox and Britt.
Michael Foods officials say the three facilities will eventually employ around 650-people.
Norwalk Mayor Tom Phillips tells WHO Radio News it's an exciting time for the city, because they've been working hard to try and balance the tax base in the community, which is known for its residential neighborhoods more so than for large employers. He also says Norwalk may need to consider more housing options as jobs expand in the area, so workers don't have to commute and can be a part of the community.
Michael Foods President Mark Westphal spoke at the ribbon cutting (Thursday) saying "We are excited to open our doors and officially join the Norwalk Community. Our neighbors have been great to work with throughout the development process. We chose Norwalk for its vibrant and energetic community as well as its proximity to our supply chain; no other location could match everything Norwalk has to offer."
Governor Kim Reynolds also attended the ribbon cutting. "Our state continues to draw prominent businesses because of our top-rated workforce and unmatched quality of life. We are excited to celebrate National Manufacturing Day with Michael Foods' new facility."