WGIL News Audio: 7am News, Sports and Obits click HERE | For the latest WGIL news click HERE

Monmouth Hiring Project Not Farmland Foods

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 2115

An economic development project in Warren County that was thought to involve Farmland Foods has been confirmed to be a different company.

Multiple sources wishing to remain anonymous have confirmed to WGIL that a miscommunication led individuals in the Warren County government to believe the development involved Farmland.

The Warren County Board held a special meeting on Wednesday of this week to approve a 10-year property tax levy abatement in conjunction with other taxing entities.

The abatement was sought in an effort to attract the company while state incentives are being awaited.

According to a letter from Monmouth Mayor Rod Davies to the Warren County Board, revealed in January of this year, the interested company is planning to create 200 value added jobs over two phases.

To house those jobs, a 250-thousand square foot facility would be constructed with an expansion to 400-thousand square feet in the project’s second phase.

Warren County State’s Attorney “Chip” Algren initially stated during the Warren County Board’s special meeting in January that the company was Farmland Foods – something found to be untrue.

The possibility that it was not Farmland was discovered by WGIL after multiple Warren County Board members said on the record the company was not Farmland.

It has been disclosed that the jobs are estimated to pay an hourly wage of between $18 and $20.

Those same sources were unwilling to identify the interested company or the industry in which they operate.