Freshway Foods plans expansion

SIDNEY — The Ohio Tax Credit Authority has approved an application from Freshway Foods for tax credit assistance.

Freshway Foods, owned by US Foods, of Rosemont, Illinois, is a fresh fruit and vegetable processor, repacker, distributor and logistics provider focusing on customized product and service solutions to a customer base that spans the eastern half of the United States, according to the firm’s website.

The application was for tax credits concerning a planned expansion of the Sidney facility.

“Over the course of the next two to three weeks, we will begin construction on a 35,000-square-foot expansion project that will house a produce-repacking area,” said Devon Beer, president and chief operating officer of Freshway Foods, Friday.

The addition will increase the size of the company’s current 100,000-square-foot building.

“This new expansion will bring approximately 25 full-time jobs over the course of the next five years to our facility,” Beer said. “This expansion supports the US Foods strategy of improving produce freshness to US Foods’ customers by expanding the number of produce offerings and increasing the frequency of deliveries. The project is expected to conclude early in the second quarter of 2018.”

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority is a five-member, independent board comprising taxation and economic development professionals throughout the state who are responsible for reviewing and approving applications for tax credit assistance. The authority also has oversight responsibilities that include monitoring and reporting the progress of approved tax credit projects.

During the board’s Aug. 30 meeting in Columbus, it also approved projects in Cuyahoga, Warren, Hamilton, Mahoning, Clark, Richland and Butler counties.

By Patricia Ann Speelman