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Jiffy Mix maker plans new 120K-square-foot warehouse in Chelsea

Chelsea will soon make room for a whole lot more Jiffy Mix.

Chelsea Milling Co., the family-owned maker of baking mixes shipped across the country, hopes to break ground on a new, 120,000-square-foot warehouse in the spring.

When they’re not in “baking season” in the fall and winter, the company stores hundreds of thousands of its products in third-party warehouses, said Scott Denny, director of manufacturing.

With its planned expansion, Chelsea Milling Co. will be able to store more of those mixes in-house.

The City of Chelsea’s Planning Commission granted the project final site plan approval at its Sept. 21 meeting, provided the company continue to meet certain conditions.

The warehouse will be accompanied by parking for employees.

“We have been enhancing our food service business,” said Denny, referencing requirements for additional storage space. The company serves institutional clients like schools, hospitals and correctional institutions, sometimes through statewide contracts, he said.

As the plans for the project moved through the approval process, questions were raised about truck traffic to and from the 200 North Street property, adjacent to the company’s mix plant.

“We are the only plant for Jiffy, everything happens here,” Denny said, explaining that an additional warehouse won’t change the existing shipping flows. “This doesn’t increase truck traffic,” he said.

The new warehouse will complement the company’s current storage facility, which dates to 1996, according to Denny. “It will change the look across the street,” he said.

The company aims to accomplish site preparation this year and break ground in spring 2022. The timeline for completion could be slowed by the availability of materials, Denny said.

“We’re pushing to try to do this next year,” Denny said.


Posted By: mlive on September 24, 2021.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

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