Pinnacle Foods is considering an expansion its operation into the former Fedders building. The project will bring up to 25 full-time jobs to the area.
The City of Effingham is looking to make that expansion more appetizing with the creation of a job grant, which was discussed at Tuesday’s Effingham City Council meeting. The grant would offer up to $150,000 to the company for the creation of jobs that would be offered at $50,000 per year, for up to three years.
“They are looking at leasing 88,000 square feet out of the old Fedders complex on the north end of the facility to expand their distribution operations,” said Effingham Economic Development Director Todd Hull, adding that they already have warehouse space in the former World Color building. “Also, they would be looking at assembling food displays to go into grocery stores and so forth.”
The grant, which has been offered to other businesses for job creation, is available because the warehouse is located in the Industrial Tax Increment Financing District. Hull complimented Dial and Dial Properties for the reuse of the space, which was once a major employer of Effingham residents.
“When and if this project moves forward and occupies the proposed space, the Dials will not have much space left,” said Hull. “They are looking to have the northern portion of the property cleared off soon for the possibility of more development.”
Currently, Archer Daniels Midland and Grain System Incorporated use the property for warehouse space. The entire property has seen significant renovation over the past several years, in large part, from TIF funds the city offered as an incentive to repurpose the property.
“It is very impressive what that place looks like compared to a few years ago,” said Mayor Merv Gillenwater, referring to the previous disrepair of the property. “Now, to think they have a food quality storage facility, is very impressive. Dial and Dial need to be complimented on what they have done.”