Cargill and its customers, community leaders, government officials and employees will dedicate a $27 million expansion of the Lake Odessa, Mich., egg processing facility. The investment provides additional yet specialized egg processing capabilities for an important Cargill customer in support of its branded product business growth needs. 

The plant expansion adds approximately 28,000 square feet of egg processing capabilities and specialized equipment. It has also resulted in the creation of 50 new jobs.

Contractors completed more than 65,000 accident-free work hours during the 15-month construction schedule.

“Our Lake Odessa expansion is a collaborative effort between Cargill and its customer, as well as state and local entities, to develop egg processing for an existing product that required cutting-edge equipment technology,” says Jay Patel, plant manager. “Both we and our customer have a shared goal for growing our businesses while providing high-quality egg protein to U.S. consumers. This investment underscores our commitment to grow our egg business and meet the needs of our customers. It is a wonderful day for Cargill, our customer, Lake Odessa and the state of Michigan, and we are proud of what we have built here.”

Cargill, Wichita, Kan., completed a $10.6 million expansion at the Lake Odessa facility in 2014, adding 22,500 square feet of cooler and freezer storage space. The plant opened in 1989, and was acquired by Cargill in 1994.