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Food ingredient company coming to Beloit

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JAMES P. LEUTE
October 16, 2008
— An Idaho company plans to bring up to 90 jobs to Beloit to add to the mix of Rock County’s growing food ingredient and processing sector.

HydroBlend, Inc., will move into a 40,000-square-foot building in Beloit’s I-90 Business Park by the end of the year, said Andrew Janke, the city’s economic development director.


The company also plans to buy two lots adjacent to the site on Sager Lane and build a 60,000-square-foot research and development and production facility.


Janke said line jobs are expected to start at about $12 per hour, while those in the production and R&D area will pay about $26.


HydroBlend makes batters and coatings for food. Based in Nampa, Idaho, the company also has a plant in Limestone, Maine.


“They were really looking to locate in the Midwest because of the proximity to resources as well as their customers,” said Janke, who added that local economic development officials have been working to attract the company for a nearly a year.


“Even though it took a year, this was still a fast-track project for them, and they loved the idea that we had a spec building that they could be operational in very quickly.”


Janke also attributed the company’s decision to locate in Beloit to the area’s excellent workforce and its growing cluster of businesses in the food processing and ingredients sector.


“This is really great for the area, given everything that’s been going on lately,” he said.



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