Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
June 2006
Ripon Foods to Expand and Create 100 New Jobs

Governor Jim Doyle recently announced that Ripon Foods, Inc. will receive $3 million in Enterprise Development Zone (EDZ) tax credits and a $55,000 training grant from the Department of Commerce to save its Ripon plant from closure, and instead upgrade and expand it.  The project will save more than 300 jobs, and is expected to create 100 new jobs over the next two years.

Governor Doyle presents $3 million in EDZ tax credits to Rich Koulouris, president of Ripon Foods, Inc.
Governor Doyle presents $3 million in EDZ tax credits to Rich Koulouris, president of Ripon Foods, Inc.

"This announcement is a great example of how the state can work alongside business to increase investment in Wisconsin and its workforce," Governor Doyle said.  "This is a real success story for the company, the community, and the entire state – and it couldn't have been done without hard work, cooperation, and a commitment to investing right here in Wisconsin.  Ripon Foods has been a solid corporate citizen of Wisconsin for many years, and I look forward to building on that partnership."

Last year, Ripon Foods, Inc. considered closing the Ripon plant, which would have resulted in the loss of 317 jobs.  With the help of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, the company and UNITE HERE union were able to reach agreement and go forward with a project that will not only save the jobs but create new jobs for the area.

"I want to re-state my appreciation for the response of Governor Doyle's office, the Department of Commerce and local city officials," said Ripon Foods, Inc. President Rich Koulouris.  "In addition, I want to express my gratitude for the spirit of cooperation demonstrated by the Ripon Foods management team, UNITE HERE leadership and especially the employees of the Ripon Plant in supporting the changes necessary in re-building Ripon Foods."

Ripon Foods, Inc., produces Rippin' Good cookies, and has been providing jobs and investment to Ripon since 1930.

-- Tony Hozeny

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