WESTMINSTER — With the final approval for a tax abatement given Thursday morning, Rudolph Foods is looking to increase local pork rind production with a roughly $5 million investment that could result in 25 new jobs.
Allen County Commissioners approved the 10-year, 60% abatement on real and personal property tax for the company’s expansion — a 7,000-square foot cooled warehouse for increased raw material storage — during the commissioner’s regularly scheduled meeting.
The 25 extra jobs are expected to be spread throughout Westminster’s facility to deal with the increased production due to the warehouse expansion. Tony Cover, Rudolph’s director of operations, compared the new building to a giant refrigerator with much larger doors and truck docks.
“Rudolph Foods is excited to receive the support from Allen County, Auglaize Township and the west central Ohio community in our expansion effort,” Cover said in a written statement. “As we continue our historical partnership with the surrounding communities, this expansion will add 25 jobs and further cement our commitment to this area.
“We view this partnership as one of the strengths of our company as we navigate national growth in our category and the advent of new consumers for pork rinds! Thanks for all your support for our continued growth.”
Started in 1955, Rudolph Foods has since became the nation’s leading producer of pork rind snacks. The company now operates seven facilities in the United States, three internationally and employs 400 people.
During the Thursday morning meeting, Allen Economic Development Group’s director of business development, Cynthia Leis, encouraged any businesses looking to expand in the region to contact AEDG if they are interested in a potential tax abatement.
Roughly 90% of the county is located in an enterprise zone allowing tax abatements, and any non-retail business that may be planning construction and creating new jobs may qualify, Leis said.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.