Fairmont Foods ready to grow

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Last year, food manufacturing was nearly four times more concentrated in southwest Minnesota than the state as a whole, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). It was one of the few industries that added regional jobs during the recession, increasing employees by 4.7 percent, and continuing that growth over the recovery years.

Fairmont Foods Inc. is a bona fide example of that proliferation.

In January 2015, then-owners of Fairmont Foods announced the plant was closing, putting about 150 full-time and part-time employees out of work. Within 30 days, Downs Food Group of Mankato signed a letter of intent to purchase the plant, and ownership changed hands in a seamless transition on March 17, 2015.

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