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Engineering Research – Hulett Road – Addition No. 2 – Food Processing Innovation Center

Project phase: Archived

Project background

  • The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has submitted a grant application to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a building renovation and addition, and equipment to establish the Michigan State University Food Processing and Innovation Center (FPIC).
  • The FPIC is designed to be a place for high‐potential growth‐oriented companies to innovate, scale up and commercialize new food products and processes.
  • This state‐of‐the‐art USDA/FDA‐certified food processing facility would permit clients to do applied research and development while marketing finished products directly from the FPIC facility.
  • FPIC would serve well‐established growth‐oriented food businesses that need assistance with new product development or significant enhancement of existing products, and larger‐scale startup food businesses with technically complex product development needs.
  • FPIC has the potential to drive and support a significant level of economic development within the State.
  • Approximately 750 food manufacturers in Michigan generate nearly $15 billion of annual economic activity and support 41,000 jobs.
  • While Michigan has a strong food‐processing sector, it ranks relatively low (19th among all U.S. States) when the value of its shipments of processed agri‐food products is compared.
  • The FPIC represents an opportunity to develop Michigan’s agri‐food processing sector by adding more value to food and agricultural products, and serving as the innovation hub for a vibrant Michigan food economy.

Project location

  • The Food Processing and Innovation Center is located at 3361 Hulett Road in Okemos, MI

Project scope

  • Complete renovation of the approximately 6,700 square foot existing Hulett Road building that would include food process and packaging areas.
  • Renovation of offices and the training room.
  • Renovation of receiving and shipping areas.
  • An addition of approximately 3,000 square feet to house coolers, freezers, storage and mechanical equipment.
  • Create connections to municipal water and sanitary systems.
  • Create improvements to the building access areas and parking.


  • Start of construction: April 2017
  • End of Construction: December 2018


  • $5,400,000, which includes a $348,717 contingency. The project will be funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the general fund.

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