BY GABE LICHT
DELANO, MN Manitoba-based Pizzey Ingredients plans to invest $3.2 million and hire 14 people to operate a new milling facility in Delano, thanks, in part, to a $196,969 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Job Creation Fund.
Company officials said they plan to build a 20,000-square-foot flaxseed-processing plant in the West Metro Business Park. The new jobs will pay wages averaging $22.67 an hour.
“We’re excited to work with Pizzey,” City Administrator Phil Kern said. “There’s still work to be done on completing project plans and finalizing the land purchase. We have every confidence; it’s just a matter of time to get that done.
“They’ve been great to work with so far, and I think they’re going to be a great fit for our community, and our community will be a great fit for them,” Kern continued.
Rep. Joe McDonald (R-Delano) added,“This will be a win-win situation. Citizens will have new job opportunities with good pay, while local residents also will benefit from a new company added to the city’s tax base. At the same time, Pizzey will find Delano to be a supportive, family-based community with quality workers that will be the backbone of their operation. This is an example of the economic development that was envisioned when Minnesota’s Job Creation Fund was established several years ago to drive capital investment and job creation in our state.”
DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy also praised the development.
“The Pizzey family has been raising flaxseed and other crops for more than 100 years in western Manitoba,” Hardy said. “The new plant will help the company meet growing demand for its flaxseed products, while bringing jobs and new investment to Delano.”
Once Pizzey Ingredients’ investment and hiring is complete, the company will receive the DEED funding.
About Pizzey Ingredients
Pizzey Ingredients, based in Angusville, Manitoba, processes flaxseed for use in baked products, beverages, and other foods. Pizzey Ingredients also recently launched a retail line of flaxseed and flaxseed baking mixes under the brand name Manitoba Milling Co.
Most flaxseed, also known as linseed, has industrial applications, such as fiber for linen or as an ingredient in paint. But, it is increasingly being seen as a super food that is high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and other nutrients.
About the Job Creation Fund
The Job Creation Fund, which was first proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2013, is a pay-for-performance program that provides funding to businesses after they meet certain criteria, including minimum requirements for job creation and private investments. Under the program, businesses must create at least 10 full-time jobs and invest at least $500,000 to be eligible for financial assistance in the Twin Cities metro and create at least five full-time jobs and invest at least $250,000 in Greater Minnesota.
Since the Job Creation Fund was launched in January 2014, DEED has awarded $36.2 million for 78 business expansion projects in Minnesota. Companies have committed to creating more than 4,900 full-time jobs and investing more than $978.3 million to expand.