General Mills to bring yogurt distribution business to Comstock

The Midlink Business Park in Comstock Township will be the new location for a new distribution center for General Mills. The center will be primarily for the company's yogurt business.
 
Ground breaking is expected to take place this week on the 155,000-square-foot center, anticipated to be in operation by July 2014. Over the next two years the company expects to create 27 jobs there. 
 
General Mills says it decided to lease the site at Midlink because of its strategic location. "Comstock Township is a great location for this new facility, strategically enhancing overall Supply Chain/Logistics for General Mills," says Kevin Schoen, vice president, North American Logistics, General Mills.
 
Comstock Township will support the project with a 10-year real and personal property tax abatement valued at $1.52 million. Kalamazoo County will contribute nearly $1.524 million in combined Brownfield and local incentives. The State of Michigan provided a state education tax abatement valued at $371,000 in support.
 
General Mills decision to choose Michigan for new investment and job creation underscores the state's strategic importance in the food industry, says Michigan Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Michael A. Finney. 
 
"General Mills' decision to build a new cold chain facility in Comstock Township signals Michigan's leadership in manufacturing food products and bringing those products to market," says Finney.
 
Midlink Business Park offers two, state-of-the-art, multi-tenant industrial buildings totaling more than 1.6 million square feet of space. Also available is an 88-acre, build-to-suit industrial zone designed for single- and multi-tenant use. Plans for the development include an additional 38-acre office campus and 41-acre retail area. The original 340-acre site, the former home of a GM tool and die-stamping plant, was renovated after Hackman Capital Partners purchased the property in 1999.
 
Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Ron Kitchens, Southwest Michigan First