The Muskogee City-County Port Authority, in partnership with the City of Muskogee, announced the expansion of a long-time manufacturer investing more than $1,000,000 in new equipment and creating new job opportunities.
Griffin Food Company announced its plan to invest in flexible packaging equipment to support new business capacity and the creation of new jobs. The company is a Muskogee-based company established in 1908 specializing in the production and packaging of liquid and emulsified semi-solid based food products.
“Griffin Foods is a staple of the Muskogee community just as their products are in many businesses and households across America. We are thankful for their continued partnership, investment, and employment opportunities,” said Jeff Underwood, Port Muskogee Industrial Development.
Griffin Foods is well-known for the production and packaging of syrups, molasses, imitation vanilla, mustards, and other liquid food grade products. The new machinery will allow it to package portion-size food products efficiently and effectively for use in the restaurant industry.
Darrin Smith, VP of Operations for Griffin Foods said, “We are very excited about the future of flexible packaging and the growth potential that it will have for Griffin Foods.”
There is potential for the creation of 6-10 new jobs at Griffin Foods as they acquire new flexible packaging customers.
“We are excited about the expansion of Griffin Foods in Muskogee, USA. Well over 100 years in business, Griffin Foods continues to invest and create jobs in the Muskogee that we love so dearly,” said Muskogee Mayor Marlon Coleman.
Port staff, through partnership meetings with Griffin Foods, identified state and local incentives in support of their expansion project. The Oklahoma Department of Commerce awarded Griffin Foods a Business Expansion Incentive Program (BEIP) incentive in the amount of $150,000. The program assists Oklahoma companies making major capital investments in depreciable items like machinery, equipment, and buildings. The incentive makes annual cash payment awards to help companies grow and boost business expansion investments in Oklahoma.
Additionally, Griffin Foods was approved for a local incentive through the city of Muskogee Foundation Strategic Investment Program in the amount of $9,800. This is a performance-based incentive and will be granted once supporting documentation for the expansion project is provided.
“We are thankful for Griffin Foods commitment to Muskogee and the economic development partners committed to their success,” said Port Director Kimbra Scott.