DELPHOS — A new pasteurization plant in Delphos will not only make food last longer, but it will also keep the community safe from bacteria commonly found in food.
After several months of planning, Don Klausing, president of HydroFresh HPP announced that a $10 million high pasteurization plant, will begin production by the end of April 2018.
“This is a great day for the city of Delphos,” said Delphos Mayor Josh Gillespie. “In order for the city to grow, the first thing that has to happen is economic development, and that wouldn’t happen as well as it’s going to be happening in the near year future if it wasn’t for companies like Hydrofresh and the investment that they are putting into our community.”
The plant will be located in a 36,000 square-foot facility on 1571 Gressel Drive, a building which used to house Diversified Warehouse Solutions. Vacant for four years, the building was purchased in November by Keller Logistics. Since the purchase, Klausing and his team have prepared the facility for the HPP equipment that is currently being installed.
Through a high-pasteurization method seal, products like lunch meats, bottled juices a salsas will goes inside of container that undergoes isostatic pressure up to 87,000 pounds per square inch through cold water. This process not only doubles the shelf life expectancy of a product, but it also eliminates bacteria like salmonella, E. coli, and listeria.
Although there are a few other high pasteurization machines in the state of Ohio, there are no facilities within a 500-mile radius that treat other company’s products, according to Klausing.
“We are strategically located in a great spot where there is a void in this process,” said Klausing.
During the first stage of production the company is looking to hire approximately 10 potential maintenance personnel. Because the machines are sophisticated, the employees are expected to have a wide skill set, understand control systems, internet interfaces, diagnostic capabilities and support the facility, according to Mike Billig, Hydrofresh VP of Business Development.
Within three years, the company looks to hire 56 employees, which will open up opportunities for roles like lead machine operator, quality manager, production manager and supervisors.
Through the partnership with Keller Logistics, the company will provide transportation, building materials, food and beverages, metals and contract packaging. The company will also receive funds from the City of Delphos, as well as the State of Ohio through a Community Development Block Grant, which will help improve the roads.
“I think its critical to look at the partnership obviously you have a private business that is investing in the community, but its the partnership of the community that really pulls things together,” said Jeff Sprague, President of the Allen Economic Development Group. “I think its equally important there is an expansion opportunity that it can lead to bring more jobs to the community.”
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