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FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 18, 2014 –

West Sacramento hosts a pair of “new factory” events just over 48 hours apart this week. They’re each within what local officials call the city’s mission as a “food hub.”

Monday morning, Shinmei U.S.A. corporation broke ground on its first production facility in the U.S. – a 28,000 square foot plant to manufacture gluten-free rice buns from local product.

The plant is located in Southport Business Park at 3015 Ramco Street, near Southport Parkway.

Shinmei plans to make rice bun products certified for organic, kosher and halal labels. Its representatives say that it will house up to 150 employees when it finishes its four planned stages of growth.

West Sacramento’s proximity to the rice industry and the quality of its municipal water were both important to Shinmei’s choice of the city for the new factory.

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This afternoon (June 18), city officials and media will join a tour at the new TOMRA sorting plant, 875 Embarcadero Drive in West Sacramento. The company’s Norwegian CEO, Stefan Ranstrand, and other officials will be on hand for a ribbon-cutting.

The company “serves growers, packers and processers for the fresh and processed food industries, locally and globally,” reports spokesperson Kathleen Chance.

The new West Sacramento plant is 18,0000 square feet larger than TOMRA’s previous facility, and will contain R&D labs and a test and demonstration center.

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Steve Marschke

Steve Marschke