Minnesota-based Michael Foods Inc. has begun construction on a $33 million expansion to its food processing plant in Wakefield, Neb.
The project’s first phase will add 75,000 square feet of space to the plant, located about 100 miles northeast of Omaha, and is expected to be complete by fourth quarter 2014.
The plant employs about 450 people and processes eggs, a major business line for the Minnetonka, Minn., company.
Diane Sparish, vice president of corporate communications at Michael Foods, said the company does not expect to enlarge its present employee base in Wakefield, a town of about 1,400 in Dixon County.
Phase one improvements include two new production lines and additional space for storage.
No construction schedule has been decided for the expansion’s second phase, which is to include renovation of existing facilities and site work for a potential future expansion.