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Kraft Heinz plant in Holland expected to get $13 million for clean energy projects

Posted By: mlive on March 28, 2024.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

A Kraft Heinz plant in Holland that makes mustard, barbecue sauce, pickles, relishes and vinegars is expected to get $13 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to cut the plant’s greenhouse emissions.

The award, announced this week, is part of a larger package of $6 billion in grant funding for 33 projects in more than 20 states that are designed to cut carbon emissions in energy-intensive industries.

Kraft Heinze is slated to get $170 million for projects at 10 of its U.S. plants. Of that, $13 million is slated to go to the company’s Holland plant, 431 W. 16th St., a company spokesperson said.

“At Kraft Heinz, we’re on a journey to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,” Marcos Eloi Lima, chief procurement and sustainability officer at Kraft Heinz, said in a news release. “This investment will give us critical resources to make necessary improvements in our plants to help increase their energy efficiency and reduce emissions. This investment recognizes our continued efforts to reduce our environmental footprint, and we’re eager to get started.”

The Holland Heinz plant opened in 1897, and has been called the community’s longest continuously operating employer.

Projects planned by Kraft Heinz include the implementation of heat pumps, electric boilers, anaerobic digestors, electric heaters, biogas boilers, solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, and thermal energy storage, the company said.

In 2016, Kraft Heinz announced it was making a $17 million expansion at the factory to begin producing the company’s Grey Poupon French-style mustard. The expansion included additional production lines and an upgraded onsite wastewater treatment facility. At the time, Kraft Heinz employed 300 full-time workers and about 100 seasonal workers at the plant.

The company opened its Holland plant in 1897 after a group of West Michigan cucumber growers passed the hat and raised about $800 for 2 acres, rail access and a dock on Lake Macatawa.

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