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Echo Lakes Foods holds ribbon cutting

Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014

Echo Lakes Foods, 435 W. State Street, held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, September 11 with Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann attending the economic development announcement. Wisconsin-based Echo Lake Foods, a large producer of frozen breakfast foods, unveiled their expansion and job creation plans to several individuals of the community.

Jerry Warntjes, vice president and general manager of Echo Lakes Foods, welcomed everyone to Thursday’s celebration and thanked Mayor Brooks Fetters, Mark Wickersham, executive director, Huntington County Economic Development, for all their hard work to make this a reality. Warntjes said that after driving through Ohio looking for a plant, he landed in Huntington. Warntjes said, “I had never heard of Huntington, Indiana until that day.” Warntjes continued, “Our business will break and use more than 1.5 million eggs per day in our products. The eggs will be used to make egg patties, omelets, waffles and more. You will find our products in grocery stores, convenience stores and more.” Warntjes concluded by saying “I am very proud of the staff we have put together here in Huntington and am proud of all our employees. We have some very good employees.”

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, announced that Echo Lakes Foods is a family-owned business that has been around since 1941. She went on to say “Echo Lakes Foods is a star player in the agriculture business.” According to Ellspermann, “Agriculture is a $16 billion business in Indiana and employs more than half a million people. As you can tell, agriculture is big in Indiana; as a matter of fact, I will be traveling to Huntington University to visit with the president to discuss the new agriculture program at the university.”

Mayor Brooks Fetters said, “When a mayor, commissioner, or city councilman hears that a city is losing a business like Unilever, you feel it in the pit of your stomach. I believe that Echo Lakes Foods arriving in Huntington was nothing short of an answer to prayer.” Warntjes, agreed with Mayor Fetters’ comment.

Shown in the photo is Jerry Warntjes, left, vice president and general manager of Echo Lakes Foods; Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, center, and Mayor Brooks Fetters as Echo Lakes Foods announce their new facility in Huntington.