Quality Ingredients Corporation announces that construction is underway to expand their certified spray dry operation for food ingredients, and held a ground-breaking ceremony today at their Burnsville, Minnesota plant. Attendees from the community included Elizabeth Kautz Mayor of Burnsville, Craig Ebeling, Burnsville City Manager, Chris Slania, City Planner, Skip Nienhaus, Economic Development Coordinator and Jenni Faulkner, Community Development Director. Attending from Appro Development, the general contracting firm for the project were Jack Matasosky, CEO, Jim Connelly, EVP/Design Lead, Kathy Morse, VP, and Pat Simpkins, Project Manager.
The expansion will double the company’s spray dry capacity, offer customers new and unique capabilities for specialized ingredient processing, and add 20 skilled manufacturing jobs to the area. Four positions have been filled, including the hiring of two veterans. Recruiting efforts are underway for the remaining positions.
Work began in late 2011 to manage the logistics and scheduling required to expand this complex operation, and to customize the two new tower dryers to meet the company’s exacting specifications. Earlier this year, interior work began to accommodate the added equipment in a manner that protects the integrity of current operations. “To effectively scale up a truly first-class operation is no small undertaking, and we are extremely fortunate to have Bob Freemore lead our team of industry experts and qualified contractors”, said Isabelle Day, CEO of Quality Ingredients Corporation. “This expansion will reflect the industry-leading quality that has come to symbolize the products and service we offer.”
Construction will continue through September, with final completion expected in October. “We will integrate the new dryers into our current operations as swiftly as possible to meet the growing demand for our services”, noted Day.
About Quality Ingredients Corporation
Celebrating its 25th year of service to the food industry, Burnsville, Minnesota-based Quality Ingredients is a 100% Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company leveraging expertise in drying technology to create proprietary and custom powdered ingredient systems as well as provide toll drying and blending services for food processing companies across North America and beyond. Please visit www.qic.us for more information.