AUSTIN, MN-Hormel Foods Corp. said it plans to open a 140,000-sffood distribution facility next year in the NorthwestIndustrial Park in Dayton, Ohio.

The Austin, MN-basedfood company will pay $15 million to build thefacility, machinery and equipment, which will employ125 full-time employees and will serve as adistribution center for a variety of Hormel products.Hormel chose the Dayton site due to its “environmentally safe land, new infrastructure systemsand easy access to major transportation routes,” saidDayton Mayor Michael R. Turner.

Pending final approvalby state agencies, the State of Ohio’s Department ofDevelopment will provide $400,000 for roadwayinfrastructure, $200,000 for water and sewerimprovements, and $62,500 for job training foremployees. The City of Dayton and the MontgomeryCounty ED/GE program have approved $300,000 each forroadway and infrastructure improvements. Constructionis expected to start late this month.

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