Thursday, February 11, 1999
The Michigan Jobs Commission today welcomed the New York-based Boar's Head Provisions Company to Michigan. Boar's Head, which will move into the closed Tyson plant in Holland Township, will employ 450 workers over the next three years. Currently the company, which has been in the business of processing delicatessen products since 1905, has plants in Brooklyn, New York, Jarratt, Virginia, and Forrest City, Arkansas. The Jobs Commission also announced that an economic development job training grant worth $450,000 will be provided to Boar's Head to help train the 450 new employees. This grant, funded through MJC's Economic Development Job Training program, will be conducted by a training provider chosen by the company. "I am pleased that Boar's Head has seen the advantages of locating in Michigan, and I welcome them as our newest corporation citizen," said Doug Rothwell, CEO and department director of the Michigan Jobs Commission. "They'll be a great addition to Holland's local economy and will help Michigan retain its rank as the number one state for economic development and job creation." Boar's Head will also receive an abatement of a portion of the state and local property taxes, as well as Community Development Block Grant funds for infrastructure improvements. "As a family business, Boar's Head values the sense of community and the quality of life in Holland, Michigan-we look forward to being a good neighbor. The enthusiastic welcome we received by the residents, our prospective employees, and the business community made our decision to locate in Holland an easy one. We are especially grateful for the help we received from Holland Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Jobs Commission, their assistance in infrastructure improvements and job training made this project possible. We will start renovations at the Holland plant immediately and will do our best to be a responsible corporate citizen," said Frank Brunckhorst, Boar's Head Principal. "It has been a pleasure to help coordinate the location of this company into our community," said Chris Byrnes, vice president of Holland Economic Development Corporation. The company expects to begin production by the end of 1999.