A new pork processing plant is under construction on Northern Indiana’s doorstep, and it will provide a new market for Hoosier hogs. The Clemens Food Group broke ground last week for their new pork processing facility just across the Indiana border in Coldwater, Michigan. Plant manager Earnie Miely says the facility will be sourcing hogs from Indiana as well as Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan, “We are looking at a harvest of 10,000 a day or about 2.3 million hogs a year.” The Clemens Food Group is a sixth-generation, family-owned, integrated pork production operation including farming, processing, transportation, and logistics based in Hatfield, PA, since 1895.
The 550,000 square ft facility is expected to open in late 2017. Miely said it will create over 800 jobs in the Michiana area, “This will be a fresh pork plant with no value added products like bacon or hams.” Much of the pork from the plant will be destined for food service or private label products. Clemens also provides pork products for Campbell’s Soup and Bush’s Baked Beans.
According to Miely, the Clemens company is a family-run business with a unique vision and commitment to rural areas, “This is a faith-based, Christian company that gives 10% of its profits to the church and the community.” He added, “The energy, excitement, and commitment around this project has been evident throughout the process. We’ve had opportunities to engage with the community on a number of levels, and the guidance and encouragement has been invaluable to our progress thus far. With this continued support, we are confident that this new facility will be a meaningful part of the community for years to come.”