Initiative Foods rebuilding after losing its facility due to a devastating fire


Friday was the ground breaking ceremony for a baby food production company that lost its facility back in 2016 due to a devastating fire. 

After more than two years, the company Initiative Foods, which packs organic and non-organic baby food, is rebuilding.

The facility which they initially worked out of burned to the ground in July of 2016.

It left the company in a limbo and employees worried about losing their source of income. 

“It was terrifying, not to share to much but the day before the event I actually signed to buy my first house and so when I woke up that morning I wasn’t even sure that i was going to be able to still do that,” said employee Holly Haydostian.
The president of the company promised both employees and customers a complete comeback and that promise is one step closer to becoming reality as construction will begin. 

“It’s a huge deal you know having the fire, going through all the things we needed to do and in order to come back, it’s tough, so to be able to have something like this, to be able to show new equipment to have a new line, it’s a huge deal,” said the president John Ypma. 

The company has been running business out of an interim location, but hope to start processing the food in the new building in the next 6 months. 

“We are growing, getting bigger, so many good jobs for people,” Haydostian said. “It’s great.”

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