Imlay City has reason to celebrate—and to pat itself on the back for contributing to that reason.
Pinnacle Foods on Friday announced that the Vlasic plant is not only here to stay, but will be the company's flagship pickle producer with increased production and jobs.
The situation had been uncertain. Earlier this year the company announced it was considering closing one of its locations in Imlay City or Delaware. While tight-lipped, a public relations spokesperson said Pinnacle was considering and weighing economic considerations and options in making the decision.
The scales tipped in Imlay City's favor. A negotiated contract agreement by Vlasic employees and the benefits of doing business in Imlay City fueled the decision for Vlasic to stay.
City officials have been working hard on creating a climate that is conducive to business retention and growth, to economic development. Involvement in the Creating Entrepreneurial Communities program though the Land Policy Institute at Michigan State University with its first ever SEED group, working with the Lapeer Economic Development Corporation and being on the ground floor of the I-69 International Trade Corridor Next Michigan Development Corporation project place Imlay City position Imlay City in a key role in the state's push to revitalize. With City Manager Wayne O'Neal serving on the bylaws committee of the NMDC project, Imlay City has cemented its leadership role and demonstrated its commitment as a key player in the the future growth of the area. And the decision makers at Pinnacle Foods have taken notice and affirmed their commitment to stay and grow here.
That's great news for the city, Vlasic employees and the community as a whole.