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Bob Evans plans $6.15 million expansion

A $6.15 million expansion of a Bob Evans Farms Inc. production facility on Birch Road is expected to add 22 jobs and $800,000 to the company’s payroll, according to county documents.

Construction on the 30,000 square-foot production facility is expected to start in June and span six months. The expansion will include improvements to the harvest, production and personnel areas.

The facility employs 80 full-time workers.

Bob Evans officials said they were not ready to speak further on the expansion.

“We are in the early stages of exploring the expansion of our Xenia facility,” said Margaret Standing, senior director of corporate communications, in an email.

On Thursday, Greene County Commissioners will vote on an agreement that will give Bob Evans Farms an annually abatement of $362,490 in taxes over 10 years.

The expansion is expected to generate $72,482 in new taxes, according to county documents. The improvements are expected to increase the property value by $2.2 million.

Plans for the expansion unfolded about four months after Bob Evans notified state officials of its plans to close its Springfield facility and lay off 40 workers in February.

Bob Evans closed the 38,000-square-foot production facility, which was used to make sausage, soup and gravy, to consolidate the company’s business.

Staff writer Matt Sanctis contributed to this report.

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