Wilco/Hazelnut Growers Breaks Ground on New Processing Facility
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Posted by: Elizabeth Peters
Wilco farm cooperative recently merged with Hazelnut Growers of Oregon (HGO) and has broken ground on a new processing and distribution facility in Donald.
The new Wilco Hazelnut Growers of Oregon Donald Plant and Distribution Center, slated for completion in 2018, will be an expansion for both organizations.
HGO will move its storage and processing operations from its current 55,000 square feet facility in Cornelius, Ore., to the new Donald facility, occupying just under 120,000 square feet. The expansion will bring production, storage and administration together under the same roof, improving productivity and bringing the cooperative to a more central location with its growers.
Wilco will expand its current Mt. Angel distribution operation from 50,000 square feet to 119,000 square feet at the Donald. The new distribution center will operate 20 hours per day utilizing two shifts. Having the location closer to Interstate 5 will save the organization significant dollars in transportation costs.
The new facility, which will be located on Butteville Road at the North end of Donald, will also house a hazelnut retail store.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held November 17.