Frankfort officials hope to become ‘food hub’

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – With the announcement of a pork producing company coming to town, Frankfort officials hope the city can become a “food hub.”

“Frankfort’s open for business,” said Mayor Chris McBarnes.

It’s a phrase McBarnes has used ever since he took office at the beginning of 2012. With February’s announcement of ConAgra Foods bringing a distributing center and more than 200 new jobs to town and Monday’s announcement of Indiana Packers Corporation bringing 98 new jobs to town — he just might have a point.

McBarnes said strategic planning has helped. An example is getting the new Ivy Tech off the ground and running.

“Industrial leaders, business leaders know that when they come to Frankfort, a reliable and effective workforce. Also, strategically investing in infrastructure, such as roadways for logistical transportation and our utility infrastructure to provide reliable, low-cost utilities has been absolutely crucial,” said McBarnes.

McBarnes hopes Frankfort can become a “food hub” or as he puts it, “the city that feeds the state that feeds the world.”

“You look at the world-class manufacturers, food processors and distributors that are already here. Frito Lay, ADM, Purina, soon-to-be ConAgra Foods, now Indiana Packers Corporation. We have that going for us and that’s for a reason. And also, you look at Clinton County, being a world-class agricultural community,” said McBarnes.

When asked if any other big announcements were in the works, McBarnes said only that Frankfort will continue to move forward.

“The next big announcement is we’re going to continue to focus on those four cornerstones of economic development, neighborhood revitalization, citizen voice, and communication,” said McBarnes.

ConAgra Foods expects to break ground this summer. As News 18 reported Monday, the Indiana Packers Corporation facility is expected to be operational by August.

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