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Clearzoning, Inc. CEO David Birchler (with camera) talks with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (right) about the Imlay Township’s new Enterprise Business District

Governor Rick Snyder along with representatives from Pinnacle Foods celebrated the grand opening of the multi-million dollar, 5,000 sq. ft. expansion of the Imlay City Vlasic pickle plant.  The plant and its related infrastructure in Imlay Township will be making pickles as well as packaging and distributing products.  Today’s celebration marks an important occasion not only for Pinnacle, but also for the economic growth of the Imlay City and Township community.  The expansion will result in 29 new jobs, bringing total full-time positions to 300, plus 700 additional seasonal jobs.

During his speech, Governor Snyder highlighted the importance of team work among local officials in assisting Pinnacle Foods with its expansion.  The Governor remarked, “I want to compliment the local officials and the partnership that went on here.  From the County, to the City, to the Township, to economic development organizations, you’re to be complimented.  It’s a great success!”

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Vlasic plant manager Gary Lauber (left) with Governor Snyder (center) and Tony Fernandez of Pinnacle Foods.

Planning for this project has been in the works since August of 2012.  Imlay Township worked closely with Pinnacle Foods, the Township’s largest employer, to ensure an expedited and smooth rezoning and site plan approval process for the expansion.  A key related infrastructure area for the plant is located in the Township’s new, Enterprise Business District.  According to David Birchler, CEO of Clearzoning, Inc. and the Township’s planning consultant for the past 35 years said, “Imlay Township created its new Enterprise Business district in order to support the growth of existing businesses as well as attracting new companies to the Imlay area.  The innovative zoning district is designed to allow a broad mix of office, retail, and manufacturing uses, with similar location and space requirements, in an atmosphere that encourages collaboration.  The built-in provisions for expedited site plan review and approval worked perfectly in helping Vlasic and Pinnacle Foods meet critical production deadlines.”

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