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Tippmann Innovation breaks ground on meat plant for Wolverine Packing

May 2, 2018
Learn about Wolverine Packing and Tippmann Innovation breaking ground on a meat processing plant in Detroit’s Eastern Market.

Wolverine Packing along with Tippmann Innovation has broken ground on its fifth meat processing plant in Detroit’s Eastern Market.

Tippmann, a leading cold storage builder with headquarters in Fort Wayne IN, has started site work on the nearly 180,000-square-foot facility that is expected to bring approximately 150 new jobs to the city’s east side.

Wolverine is among the nation’s leaders in production of beef, poultry, and other meat products, filling almost any size order for both international and domestic customers. The company currently operates out of four facilities and employs more than 500 people in the Eastern Market. Wolverine’s new production facility will create 100 construction jobs and 50 full-time employees.

Development plans also include rehabilitation for Forest Park, which lies along the east side of the property. Preserving the park for Forest Park residents and Wolverine employees is a priority for company owners, who have agreed to financially contribute to the park’s renovation.

“It has been a privilege working with Detroit’s largest meat processing company and with Jay and Jim Bonahoom,” said Tippmann’s Rob Adams. “Over the last 2½ years we’ve seen the project grow from a small facility and processing project into something much greater. At each phase of construction planning, Wolverine customers’ needs continued to evolve. Because of our great working relationship with the management team at Wolverine, we were able to seamlessly make the adjustments necessary to deliver a fantastic facility.”

For more information on this project, click here.

Tippmann is a specialty, industrial cold storage builder that develops buildings around a business plan, ensuring that an investment becomes a profit center. It provides a full suite of cold storage construction services, including master site planning and operations guidance. Company innovations include the Patented QF+ in-rack freezing and thawing system, coupled with the T2 spacer system. Tippmann has offices in Indiana, Illinois and Florida and operates internationally.

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