In 2007, Zumbro River Brand purchased its facility in Albert Lea at the east end of Hershey Street. – Tiffany Krupke/Albert Lea Tribune
In 2007, Zumbro River Brand purchased its facility in Albert Lea at the east end of Hershey Street. – Tiffany Krupke/Albert Lea Tribune

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Zumbro River Brand prepares to doubles its capacity

Published 3:09pm Friday, May 16, 2014

The Zumbro River Brand facility in Albert Lea is continuing to grow.

Vice President Jim Fischer said the manufacturer plans to add new equipment, an expansion costing about $4 million. The growth will result in the creation of 40 full-time jobs with more to follow.

The equipment will double the capacity of the Albert Lea facility. The additional equipment will help make food powder and manufacture snacks.

Zumbro River Brand plans to hire new employees as a result of the expansion. – Tiffany Krupke/Albert Lea Tribune
Zumbro River Brand plans to hire new employees as a result of the expansion. – Tiffany Krupke/Albert Lea Tribune

Fischer said Zumbro’s production rate has grown about 30 percent a year.

“I’m really excited,” Fischer said.

He expected both new pieces of equipment to be fully functional by December. All work is being done by local contractors and there will be no slow down of manufacturing, he said.

Contractors are working to put in a water line.

Zumbro River Brand Inc. is a contract food manufacturer that produces and packages food ingredients and finished products to customer specifications.

In 1985, Zumbro River Brand purchased a facility in Owatonna. Its needs grew, but it was in a land-locked parcel, according to Fischer, and couldn’t expand.

Semitrailers come and go from the Zumbro River Brand plant in Albert Lea. – Tiffany Krupke/Albert Lea Tribune
Semitrailers come and go from the Zumbro River Brand plant in Albert Lea. – Tiffany Krupke/Albert Lea Tribune

In 2007 the company purchased the facility in Albert Lea at 1215 Hershey St. to expand contract extrusion capabilities and offer custom agglomeration and packaging services. The Albert Lea facility alone currently employs about 80 workers.’

“I’m excited to continue to grow in Albert Lea,” Fischer said. “It has been a great community to do business.”

Zumbro is accepting applications.

 

Growing in Albert Lea

Cost: $4 million

Jobs: 40 full-time with more to follow

Average growth:
30 percent a year