SANDPOINT, Idaho – Food manufacturer Litehouse Inc. will build a new facility in the southern Utah city of Hurricane – an expected investment of more than $10 million that will eventually add 162 new full-time positions in the rural community.
Edward Hawkins, CEO and Founder said: “We are excited to announce that our business has grown to the point where we are in need of another facility. Our expansion projections have been to secure a site in the area of the country that will provide Litehouse with logistical synergies for many of our customers in the Southwestern region. Litehouse corporate office and our core job force are in Sandpoint, Idaho which will not be changing. We also have a facility in Lowell, Michigan, which is enjoying expansion. We are strongly committed to these communities and our employees in them.”
Jim Frank, President for the company noted, “The positive economic and business conditions of the state and local municipalities, and the opportunity to better serve our customers, were key elements in our decision to expand in Hurricane. This region not only offers competitive utility and labor rates, but the State of Utah offered Litehouse a great incentive package, including assistance from the local community, and a single taxpayer, post-performance incentive of $502,400 as a tax credit over 10 years. The products produced in the new Utah plant will be a mix of existing lines as well as products from Green Garden Foods, a Kent, Washington, company acquired by Litehouse earlier this year.”
Litehouse expects the new facility to open in the second quarter of 2011.
Litehouse began as a family owned restaurant more than 50 years ago in the resort town of Hope, Idaho. The company became famous for its bleu cheese dressing and, as a result, expanded into the retail market. Today, Litehouse is employee owned and has sales in excess of $140 million with more than 500 employees based in two manufacturing facilities in Idaho and Michigan.