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Kraft Heinz Plans for Davenport

WVIK Staff

Plans are in the works to build a new high-tech food plant in Davenport with hundreds of jobs, but close another plant with more than twice that number of employees. Tonight (wed), the city council will discuss a possible financial assistance package for Kraft Heinz.

The company wants to build the new plant in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center in northwest Davenport. And it's also asking the state for some incentives.

City documents say the new Kraft Heinz plant would cost 200 million dollars, and retain at least 475 jobs. The current plant, near downtown, now employs about 12-hundred people, making bologna and other lunch meats. 

Despite that possible loss of hundreds of jobs in the Quad Cities, it could be worse. Today (wed) Kraft Heinz announced plans to close seven factories in the US and Canada, over the next two years, and the elimination of 26-hundred jobs. 
Plants to be closed are located in California, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Madison Wisconsin. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.