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General Mills looking to expand in Cedar Rapids, add 40 jobs

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - A Cedar Rapids manufacturer is considering an expansion next year which could add up to 40 new jobs.

General Mills announced that it is mulling over the possibility of increasing production at its Cedar Rapids facility and converting 10,000 square feet of warehouse space in 2014 and 2015.

The company is awaiting whether it will receive financial assistance in the form of state investment tax credits, sponsored by the City of Cedar Rapids, before it makes a decision to expand.

"Cedar Rapids is a key strategic location for General Mills, and we greatly appreciate the support of the community as we consider continued growth here," said Paul Lokar, vice president of North American Manufacturing for General Mills, in a statement released Monday afternoon.

The expansion, if approved, would involve converting 10,000 square feet of warehouse space to food-grade manufacturing space. Up to 40 new jobs would also be added.

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance assisted in preparing the state application for General Mills. It will be sent to the Iowa Economic Development Authority for approval.

"General Mills is a strong community partner and we are happy to assist in advancing their growth goals and the new jobs that it will bring to the Corridor," said Dee Baird, president and CEO of the Alliance.
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