McCain Foods USA will spend $169 million to expand its processing plant in Plover, Wis., to make cheese appetizers.
Construction on the 135,000-sq.-ft. expansion is slated to begin in the summer of 2022. The project will add an additional production line to the facility, supporting a cheese-based appetizer operation that will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to the Stevens Point (Wis.) News.
The expansion is expected to create 110 jobs. While McCain is best known for frozen french fries and other potato products, it's broadening its focus with these cheese products, which will include mozzarella sticks. McCain Foods USA has production facilities in Idaho, Maine, Nebraska, Washington and Wisconsin. Also this month, McCain spent 55 million to take a minority stake in Strong Roots, which makes cauliflower hash browns.