Unilever is investing $99 million in its food manufacturing plant in Independence to transform the 50-year-old salad dressing factory into one that produces dry-mix products, including soups and sauces. The upgrade of the plant, built in 1962, will add 70 jobs when it’s completed in March 2016, bringing the total workforce to 250 people.
The new products will be produced under the Knorr and Lipton labels and the salad dressings produced under the Wish-Bone and Hellmann’s labels will be manufactured elsewhere after the shift. The state is offering a $6.2 million incentive package if the company meets its job creation and investment goals. This is the second big investment made by London-based Unilever in a Kansas City area factory over the past year.