Construction is starting on a plant near Evansville that will produce ingredients used in food products and animal feed.
Officials of California-based food manufacturer PGP International took part in a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the 70,000-square-foot facility in the Vanderburgh Industrial Park. The Evansville Courier & Press and WFIE-TV report the plant is expected to start production next summer with about 20 workers and grow to about 40 workers over the next two years.
The company says the new plant will make rice crisps used in cereal, energy and nutritional bars and an ingredient for specialty animal feed.
County Commissioner Marsha Abell says the estimated $21 million project will be the first new construction in the industrial park since 2008, when three companies built facilities.