Michigan State University will use a $3 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to launch the Food Processing and Innovation Center (FPIC).
FPIC will be a USDA/FDA-certified center where private companies can scale up and commercialize new food products and production processes. It is intended to help established food companies develop new products and assist larger-scale start-up businesses.
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has received the grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a building renovation and addition, and equipment to establish the Michigan State University Food Processing and Innovation Center (FPIC). The FPIC is designed to be a place for high‐potential growth‐oriented companies to innovate, scale up and commercialize new food products and processes. This state‐of‐the‐art USDA/FDA‐certified food processing facility would permit clients to do applied research and development while marketing finished products directly from the FPIC facility. FPIC would serve well‐established growth‐oriented food businesses that need assistance with new product development or significant enhancement of existing products, and larger‐scale startup food businesses with technically complex product development needs.
FPIC has the potential to drive and support a significant level of economic development within the State. Approximately 750 food manufacturers in Michigan generate nearly $15 billion of annual economic activity and support 41,000 jobs. While Michigan has a strong food‐processing sector, it ranks relatively low (19th among all U.S. States) when the value of its shipments of processed agri‐food products is compared. The FPIC represents an opportunity to develop Michigan’s agri‐food processing sector by adding more value to food and agricultural products, and serving as the innovation hub for a vibrant Michigan food economy.
- The planning of this project is anticipated to include renovation of the approximately 7,700 square foot existing Hulett Road building that would include food process and packaging areas.
- Renovation of offices and the training room.
- Renovation of receiving and shipping areas.
- An addition of approximately 3,000 square feet to house coolers, freezers, storage and mechanical equipment.
- Create connections to municipal water and sanitary systems.
- Create improvements to the building access areas and parking.
Start of construction: April 2015
End of Construction: December 2015
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