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Second Phase of Rich Products’ Brownsville, Texas, Expansion Under Way

April 1, 2024
$117 million expansion project will add production capacity for branded appetizer business and bring more than 130 jobs to the community.

Rich Products and National New Markets Fund LLC (NNMF) announced phase two of Rich’s Brownsville, Texas, 150,000-sq.-ft. plant expansion has officially begun. The expansion will increase production capacity for Rich’s growing branded appetizer business, the announcement stated.

NNMF, which is an affiliate of SDS Capital Group, will invest $17.5 million of its New Markets Tax Credits allocation in support of this second phase of the overall $117 million expansion project — Rich’s largest capital campaign to date, the announcement said. Phase on began in 2023 and included the development of a new frozen warehouse slated to open this summer. Phase two is expected to be completed in July 2025.

Once opened, the entire expansion project is expected to create more than 130 full-time jobs, 70% of which are slated to be filled by members of Brownsville’s marginalized communities, the announcement said. The New Markets Tax Credit program, which is administered by the U.S. Treasury Dept., provides investment capital for projects benefitting low-income communities similar to the Brownsville community in which Rich’s operates. Rich’s received the NNMF allocation as part of a complex $25.5 million NMTC financing package.

Rich’s says it will offer workforce training in Brownsville, including computer literacy courses in partnership with Texas Southmost College.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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