House Foods planning $146.3 million plant in Louisville, Kentucky


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A U.S. subsidary of a 100-year-old Japanese tofu company plans to open a production facility in Louisville, bringing more than 100 jobs to the city.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday that House Foods America Corp., which also has facilities in California and New Jersey, will build a 350,000-square-foot facility in southwest Louisville.

The $146.3 million investment will create 109 full-time jobs in the area, according to a press release from Beshear’s office.

“I’m proud to welcome House Foods to Kentucky,” Beshear said in the release. “This company truly has its eye on the future, producing healthy food products and creating a significant number of high-paying jobs in the process.”

House Foods will use the Louisville facility to produce tofu using U.S.-grown, non-GMO soybeans and other food products.

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The plant will bring jobs including machine operators, production workers, engineers, logistics and administrative positions, according to the release. 

Work on the project is expected to begin in 2022 and be completed by 2025. 

Beshear’s office said House Foods will further the governor’s agritech initiative, which is meant to join Kentucky’s advanced-manufacturing sector with the state’s agricultural roots.

“The diversity of our state’s food and beverage sector is one of its greatest strengths, and House Foods is the latest company to contribute to the rapidly growing industry,” Beshear said. “Louisville will be a great fit as the company continues to grow and expand its presence in the U.S. marketplace.”

Reach Emma Austin at eaustin@gannett.com or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.

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