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Clemens Food Group Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Fresh Pork Processing Facility

Clemens Food Group Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Fresh Pork Processing Facility

Clemens Food Group celebrated the grand opening of its fresh pork processing facility in Coldwater, Michigan. The 650,000 s.f. facility will process 11,000 hogs each day in response to growing demands in the protein industry.

“Since selecting our site location, we have been warmly welcomed by the Coldwater community and the state of Michigan,” said Doug Clemens, CEO of Clemens Food Group. “This was an immense undertaking for a family-based company, but with the strong collaboration between our producer partners, team members, and the local community, we are poised for continued growth and success here in Michigan.”

From left to right: Craig Edsill, president at Clemens Food Group; Eric Patton, senior vice president at Clemens Food Group; Tim Walberg, U.S. Representative; Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Senator; Doug Clemens, CEO of Clemens Food Group; Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan; Stephen Gray, president and CEO of Gray Construction; Tom Clemens, senior vice president at Clemens Food Group

In 2015, Clemens broke ground on its new facility. Gray Construction, a leading design-build firm, was selected to partner with Clemens to perform the engineering, architecture and construction on the project.

“As a company with similar values ranging from stringent safety measures to a focus on teamwork, it has been a privilege to work with Clemens Food Group and see their new operation come to fruition,” said Stephen Gray, president and CEO of Gray Construction.

Throughout the construction process, the companies celebrated 1,000,000 safe man hours, which speaks to the strong collaboration between the entire project team.

The company headquarters for Clemens in Hatfield, Penn., will continue to operate at its current capacity. With the additional production of the new facility in Coldwater, Clemens will double its fresh pork business.

The facility will become operational in September and will create 830 jobs for the surrounding region.

The grand opening included an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, in which Michigan Governor Rick Snyder spoke along with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Representative Tim Walberg and Doug Clemens. Production facility tours showcasing the modern manufacturing practices of Clemens Food Group were a highlight of the festivities. Guests consisted of local government officials, producer partners, local community leaders, and Clemens family members.

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About Clemens Food Group

The Clemens Food Group, founded in 1895, is a sixth-generation, family-owned integrated pork production operation including farming, processing, transportation, and logistics. Our heritage is deeply rooted in strong family values and our commitment to being responsible and contributing members of the communities where we operate, always with the highest degree of integrity and ethics.  We focus on supplying the highest quality products to our partners via a responsive and sustainable system while providing advanced solutions that simplify our partners' operations.

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About Gray Construction

Gray Construction is a nationally-ranked engineering, architecture and construction firm with nearly 60 years of experience in manufacturing, automotive, food and beverage, distribution, hospitality and retail facility construction. Currently, Gray has several large projects that are underway or recently completed including: a Mercedes-Benz manufacturing facility in Vance, Ala.; a world-class kitchen for Champion Petfoods in Auburn, Ky.; a state-of-the-art meat processing and packaging facility for Kraft Heinz in Davenport, Iowa; a manufacturing facility for Italian paper product manufacturer Sofidel in Circleville, Ohio; and a titanium and aluminum component manufacturing facility for Weber Metals, Inc., in Paramount, Calif.

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