Governor Terry Branstad and local economic development partners had the opportunity last week to get a look into the new $200 million Kraft Heinz project that is currently being built. The new structure, which replaces the 106 year old, six story building, will be a 330,000 square foot, one-story, state-of-the-art facility that will allow the company to operate and grow efficiently. Company executives showcased that the building is being constructed in a way that will provide for easy future expansions, noting their commitment to the Quad Cities as their long-term home.
The Davenport facility is one of four in Iowa, with the others in Muscatine, Cedar Rapids and Mason City.
The site on which Kraft Heinz is building is one that was named by the State of Iowa in July 2015 as a certified site, meaning it is “shovel ready” for development. The location earned this designation after area partners including the City of Davenport, Greater Davenport Redevelopment Corporation and the Quad Cities Chamber worked for several years to prepare the site. During the tour, Governor Branstad saw the significant economic impact the designation has brought to our region, with the Kraft Heinz project underway, and the neighboring Sterilite project still under intent to build.
The new Kraft Heinz facility should be fully operational by 4th quarter of 2017 with a minimum of 475 employees, and we are thrilled to see them flourish in our community.
Kraft Heinz originally announced in November 2015 their intent to build in the Quad Cities in November 2015. Read the original story here.