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Waverly manufacturer expands, creates jobs, gets state grant

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WAVERLY (KWWL) - Carmi Flavors in Waverly got a shot in the arm from the Iowa Department of Economic Development with a $150,000 grant to help pay for a new building.

The company expects to add dozens of jobs.

Dirt work is expected to get started in the next couple of weeks at the company's Waverly manufacturing site.

The company's owner says it will free up space to develop a new product.

Eliot Carmi couldn't be happier about his business in Waverly.

It makes liquid and powder flavors.

You probably taste it every day in your favorite foods.

So Carmi Flavors is about to embark on a $1.2 million expansion project.

Adding 24,000 square feet just north of its current building.

"We're expecting 75 jobs over the next 3 years and hopefully more depending on how everything goes and the economics of course and if things do better, then we plan on expanding further," said Carmi.

He says the current facility is maxed out on space.

Carmi's business boost is actually due in part to changing spending habits.

"People aren't eating out as often and they prefer to eat at home then. It's more economical and they buy foods that are from the supermarket or the grocery and we service that industry," said Carmi.

An industry allowing for an expansion in Waverly and a chance for the company's 8 workers to have many more co-workers.

Part of the expansion is due to a new product that will be made by the company called Soylato.

It's a non-dairy ice cream made with soy that Carmi says fits many school nutrition programs and is an alternative for those who are lactose-intolerant.

Production should start on that when the expansion is finished next spring.

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Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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