REQUEST FOODS EXPANDS HOLLAND OPERATIONS

Posted in News on October 27, 2021

REQUEST FOODS EXPANDS HOLLAND OPERATIONS

This expansion adds over 347k feet of space in new facilities and will create 198 new jobs.


10/26/2021 // ZEELAND, MICH – Request Foods Inc., a frozen entrees, sides, and skillet meal co-packing company, is investing $205,000,000 in expanding their operations in Holland Charter Township. Lakeshore Advantage, the economic development organization that assists employers with growth opportunities in Ottawa and Allegan counties, as well as Warner Norcross and Judd, the company’s counsel, connected the company with local resources to support this project. 
 
“We were able to come alongside Request Foods as an extended member of their team on this expansion project, understand their growth milestones, and deploy state and local resources to support their expansion in Holland Charter Township,” said Jennifer Owens, Lakeshore Advantage President. “We are pleased to support Request Foods through their expansion process and commend their commitment to West Michigan.”
 
Request Foods is adding a 145,000 square foot cold storage warehouse, constructing an 89,000 square foot Ready-to-Eat foods manufacturing facility and renovation of an existing 30,000 square foot warehouse, as well as enhancing production capacity by adding 112,000 sq ft to their Greenly Street location. This project is expected to lead to the creation of 198 jobs over the next four years. 
 
“Request Foods is excited to continue our history of successful growth in West Michigan, by investing over $200M over the next few years, in four major projects in Holland Charter Township,” said Menaka Abel, Request Foods Chief Financial Officer. “Our investment is expected to create up to 198 new jobs, with most of our new team members residing in Ottawa County (Holland Township).  While we received enticing offers to expand in other states, our commitment to Michigan, coupled with our desire to ensure Holland is recognized as an area of choice to live and work, precipitated our decision to expand locally.  We are grateful for the cooperation we have received from Holland Charter Township, Ottawa County, and the State of Michigan officials – along with the support we have received from Lakeshore Advantage and our partners at Warner Norcross + Judd, which enabled us to bring our expansion plans to fruition. With God at the forefront of all that we do, Request is unrelentless in its pursuit to provide quality food products for its customers and dedicated to the stewardship of its people and community.”
 
West Michigan Works! is supporting this project with a Workforce Hiring a Training Plan valued at $632,650. The Michigan Strategic Fund is supporting the project with a $6.93M Community Development Block Grant, a $2M Business Development Program Grant, a $2,141,100 State Essential Services Exemption, a six-mill State Education Tax exemption estimated at $2,565,062 over 12 years. 
 
“Congratulations to the team at Request Foods on your significant growth and success. We appreciate this continued commitment to our state and our workforce, and we look forward to working together to grow and add jobs for Michigan residents in the future,” said Quentin L. Messer, Jr., CEO of MEDC and President and Chair of the MSF Board. “We’re pleased to work with Lakeshore Advantage and our other local partners as we send the message that we are working to build a championship economy in the Holland region and throughout Michigan.”
 
Holland Charter Township has proposed support for the project in the form of a 12-year Industrial Facilities Tax Exemption that will go in front of the Township Board at a later date, at an approximate value of $10.4M. 
 
“Holland Township is pleased to support the expansion activities of Request Foods,” said Steve Bulthuis, Holland Charter Township Manager.  “Their investment supports the economic health and vitality of the Township and larger community.”
 
Additionally, MEDC has approved support for an Agricultural Renaissance Zone that will support the project with an estimated $11,060,265 in property tax abatement that will require final approval from the Michigan Department of Agriculture later this year.
 
“Today’s announcement underscores that Michigan is a food and agriculture powerhouse. Request Foods commitment to significant investment in food processing will serve our production agriculture value chains for decades come while bringing the latest in food manufacturing technology to the state,” said Gary McDowell, director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. “I appreciate the ongoing partnership of MEDC and Request Foods and I am thrilled to support this project which is slated to bring $205 million of investment and 198 jobs to Michigan.”