Greenleaf Foods to Create Over 400 New Jobs In Shelbyville

Economic Development | Press Release

Above: Computer rendering showing the 230,000 sq ft proposed facility near the State Road 44 Interchange on I 74

Below: Members of the Greenleaf Foods Team join Governor Holcomb and Mayor DeBaun for a groundbreaking of the new Greenleaf Foods production facility

SHELBYVILLE, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr 8, 2019–Greenleaf Foods, SPC (the “Company”), today announced plans to construct North America’s largest plant-based protein manufacturing facility in Shelbyville, Indiana. The 230,000-square-foot facility will more than double the Company’s production capacity to meet the surging consumer demand for its portfolio of brands, including Lightlife® and Field Roast Grain Meat Co™, the #1 and #2 brands in the refrigerated alternative protein category.

The U.S. $310 million Shelbyville facility, slated to become operational in late 2020, will create 460 jobs on the 57-acre property and can be expanded to meet future market growth. The new facility will extend the Company’s network of production facilities, which includes facilities in Seattle, Washington, and Turners Falls, Massachusetts. In addition, the Company plans to invest in equipment to increase capacity and scale production at its existing facilities.

The new Shelbyville facility will enable the Company to meet rapidly rising demand for plant-based proteins by supporting its innovation pipeline across its brands. In January, the Lightlife Burger, Ground, Italian Sausage and Bratwurst Sausage were launched as part of a new pea protein-based product line that delivers the sensory experience and taste consumers crave, marking the brand’s most significant innovation launch in its 40-year history. The new line will be among the products made at the new facility, along with other bestselling products from the Lightlife and Field Roast Grain Meat Co brands.

“Our new facility will be a center of plant-based protein excellence that helps accelerate our company’s growth. This will support our rich pipeline of innovative products that both satisfy increasing consumer demand and drive our continued leadership of this dynamic category in the U.S. and Canada into the future,” said Dan Curtin, President. “Our world-class research and development teams are shattering what were once thought to be the culinary boundaries of plant-based protein products, and our new facility will take those ideas from development to commercialization. We are grateful for the incredible support from the State of Indiana, as well as Shelby County and the City of Shelbyville, who have helped make this a reality.”

“In Indiana, we’re proud to support a global economy with more than 950 foreign-owned businesses here providing quality career opportunities for our residents. And we’re thrilled to welcome Greenleaf Foods, SPC to that growing list and to our Indiana family,” Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “Today’s groundbreaking is a significant milestone for the Shelbyville community and for the state of Indiana. I’m confident that our skilled workforce will be a crucial asset, helping support Greenleaf Foods SPC’s growth for years to come.”

At the local level, Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun also praised the announcement. “I am thrilled that Shelby County was chosen for this project. It’s further validation that the administrations of the City of Shelbyville and Shelby County are working collaboratively to make this a great place to do business,” DeBaun said. “This project diversifies our employment options locally and regionally as well as bringing tremendous opportunities to our community.”

The North American plant-based protein market had estimated sales of US$1 billion in 2018 and demand for plant-based protein continues to show strong growth . Fresh refrigerated products represent approximately 24% of the total market and delivered 40% sales growth in 2018. While burgers are fueling category growth, all refrigerated products are forecasted to deliver double-digit growth for the next twenty years.

To mark this momentous announcement, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger and Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun are set to join the Company’s President Dan Curtin at a groundbreaking on the site at the intersection of I-74 and Highway 44, Monday, April 8 at 2 p.m. EST. Representatives of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Shelby County Development Corporation will also be present.

Greenleaf Foods, SPC is a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX:MFI) based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. For more information about the Company, visit greenleaffoods.com.

Forward–Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements based on the Company’s current expectations relating its strategies; the anticipated technical capabilities of the new facility; value creation opportunities and other benefits from the projects; consumer tastes, preferences and buying patterns; project execution variables such as engineering, design and construction costs, schedule and approvals; availability of resources and labor necessary for the construction and operation of the facilities; and other factors. As these forward-looking statements depend upon future events, actual outcomes may differ and there can be no assurance that the results or developments anticipated by the Company will be realized. The Company does not intend to, and the Company disclaims any obligation to, update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

About Greenleaf Foods, SPC

Greenleaf Foods, SPC is committed to shaping the future of plant-based foods. Established in 2018, the Company’s portfolio of leading plant-based protein brands includes Lightlife® and Field Roast Grain Meat Co.™. The Company is headquartered in Chicago, and is a wholly-owned, independent subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX:MFI).

New Ambulances Join SFD Fleet

Press Release | Public Safety

The Shelbyville Fire Department is proud to have begun operation of three new ambulances within their fleet. The new ambulances offer safer options for crew and patients, in addition, to cost savings.

The three new ambulances were produced by Wheeled Coach, a part of REV Group, Inc., in Winter Park, Florida. Safer options for the patient include DuraLite cabinetry that allow quicker access to life saving medication, oxygen outlets more conducive to care, technology for transporting pediatric patient securely, and toggle switches in the patient compartment decreasing the risk of malfunction in electrical components.

Crew safety is maximized with in-seat 4-point PER4MAX ® Controlled Decelerator seating, allowing crew member to provide care will remaining seat-belted. SafePass™ techonology on exit doors providing safety overrides in event of an accident. Crews are additionally protected with securement devices for portable medical equipment to prevent loose moving object within the vehicle. Seamless upholstery allows for the decreased risk associated with contaminants in the firehouse and while on scenes.

Patient and crew safety is a top priority at Shelbyville Fire Department. Power loading Stryker EMS™ cot systems provide multiple safety functions with minimal increased cost. Patient safety is increased with the automatic lifting into the vehicles decreasing the risk of injury. Injuries are also preventing crews from back injuries related to patient lifting, which top the list of firefighter disabilities across the nation. Turn-around times are enhanced with the use of the lifts, as fire engines are not required to respond to the hospital to assist with the removal of obese patients from the ambulance.

The exterior of the ambulance resembles to previous red and white paint scheme and blacked-out tire rims, allowing for easier care of the rims and prevention of loose parts, such as, caps on the vehicle. Corner capped lighting increases 360° high-visibility lighting, providing scene safety. DuraSeam Door Systems provided the exterior with a seamless look, while eliminating protruding handles and providing structural integrity and strength. GatorGrip surfaces, Yellow handicap handles, and easy to replace running boards assist with safety and functionality.

Mechanical advantages to the vehicles include a gasoline engine for cost-saving measures while not compromising the response or integrity of the vehicle. Cost savings in the use of gasoline engines lower the cost of regular maintenance and parts. The vehicle includes a Ford Motor Company E450 Type III chassis with decreased technological luxuries within with cab allowing for easier operation and less times ambulances are out of service for electrical issues, and easier repair.

The Shelbyville Fire Department prides itself in providing the best possible critical care medical services to the citizens and visitors of Shelby County, while optimizing use of resources under a sound fiscal mind. The department is comprised of 63 highly trained, dedicated medical providers delivering progressive, rapid, and reliable services to the community. Two ambulances will be provided to the community during a 24 hours period by Shelbyville Fire Department, in additional to, a third paramedic crew staffed by Franciscan Health EMS Education during high call volume time periods as determined by use of System Status Management. In 2018, over 5,000 calls were completed by the Shelbyville Fire Department.

City Awarded Additional Road Funding

Economic Development | Press Release | Street Department

Above: Evans Street was one of the first streets in The City of Shelbyville to be funded through the Community Crossing Initiative. The re-construction of this street improved traffic and pedestrian safety by widening the driving lanes, and installing a sidewalk along the street. The image above shows the street while it was under construction in 2018. Source: City of Shelbyville

Left: Ribbon Cutting for Evans Street Reconstruction Project in 2018. This project was funded through the Community Crossings Initiative. Shown (from left to right) Matt House, City Engineer; David Finkle, Board of Works Member; Michael Crider, State Senator; Trent Meltzer, City Attorney; Derrick Byers, MS4 Director; Jean Leising, State Senator; Sean Eberhart, State Representative; Travis Atwood, Atwood Construction; Mayor Thomas DeBaun; Rick Witcliff, City Street Department. Source: John Walker/Shelbyville News


Governor Holcomb and INDOT Award “Community Crossings” Funds To City of Shelbyville For More Street Improvements

Earlier this week, Shelbyville was awarded another $1 Million in road funding through the state’s “Community Crossings” program. These funds will help to further accelerate efforts to improve the road networks in Shelbyville, funding an additional 48 resurfacing projects, a 2-block reconstruction project, and another 2 blocks of partial road reconstruction for the next year. Since the “Community Crossings” program was established in 2017, the City has been awarded $3 Million dollars in additional road funding, which has completed much needed maintenance and repair work on numerous local roads.

Mayor Thomas DeBaun was quoted saying, “We appreciate the efforts undertaken by the state general assembly, INDOT, and Governor Holcomb to make more funding available to local communities so that we can re-invest in our infrastructure. Investing in preventative maintenance in our roads today, means that our infrastructure lasts longer and performs better over it’s lifespan.”

In 2019 and 2020, over 60 projects will be completed due to the Community Crossings Initiative funding made available through the State of Indiana. A map showing all of these project locations has been made available.

“The Community Crossings Program has allowed us to make numerous large investments in infrastructure in Shelbyville the last few years. Over 60 roads projects are being funded in 2019 and 2020, a task that would not have been possible before,” City Engineer Matt House said. “The grant program, along with an increase in local funding from the City Council, has allowed us to more than triple the amount of work yearly that we were doing prior to 2017.”


Below is the press release from Governor Holcomb’s office announcing all of the communities that were awarded funding through the Community Crossings Initiative:

Governor Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation award $115 million through Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative

Community Crossings LogoINDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness today announced 189 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined $115 million in state-matching funds for local road projects through the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative.

“Indiana’s fully-funded, long-term Next Level Roads plan means cities, towns, and counties are improving their roads and bridges at levels unmatched in our state’s history,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Community Crossings projects are crucial to first mile and last mile solutions that companies need when evaluating Indiana to locate their business or expand to create additional jobs.”

CC 2019 1 MapThe Community Crossings Initiative has provided more than $500 million in state matching funds for construction projects. The latest round garnered 229 applications—making the call for projects highly competitive. In response to local requests to help manage project flow, INDOT now accepts applications in both January and July, with a $1 million cap annually per community. An estimated $100 million will be available for communities opting to apply during the 2019 summer call for projects.

“Local leaders are improving the conditions of local roads and bridges all across the state with funding from the Community Crossings Initiative,” said McGuinness. “The partnership model with the state sharing in the cost of local projects means Hoosier taxpayers receive great value as communities deliver needed projects.”

To qualify for funding, local governments must provide local matching funds, 50 percent for larger communities or 25 percent for smaller communities, from a funding source approved for road and bridge construction. They must also submit an INDOT-approved asset management plan for maintaining existing roads and bridges. State law requires annually that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded to communities within counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer. State lawmakers identified long-term funding for Community Crossings as part of House Enrolled Act 1002, passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Holcomb in April 2017.

The list of all communities receiving matching funds in the 2019 winter call for projects is online at www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.

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