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From the Ground Up: Vital Farms

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Owner/developer: Vital Farms
Project manager: Sandpebble (New York)
Construction site manager: Branco Enterprises Inc.
Architect: Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative
Engineers: Olsson Associates Inc., civil; Miller Engineering PC, structural; CJD Engineering LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing; Palmerton & Parrish Inc., geotechnical; and Conservation Design Forum (Illinois), landscape
Size: 82,140 square feet
Estimated cost: $6 million, per city permit
Lender: WND
Estimated completion: September
Project description: The egg production company is building its largest plant to date and its first in the Show-Me State on 11 acres in Partnership Industrial Center West. Vital Farms officials say the plant will have egg processing, grading, quality inspection, packing and transportation operations, and when complete it is expected to create 50 full-time jobs in its first year. Vital Farms – known for its pasture-raised eggs – supplies some 6,000 retailers, including Whole Foods Market, Target and Kroger. In April, Vital Farms hired Tricia Clark from Kraft Heinz Co. management to lead the launch of the Springfield plant as vice president of operations. GR Stovall, who works in business development for Branco Enterprises, said via email Branco provides site supervision and scheduling, while project manager Sandpebble handles bidding, contracts, insurance reviews and change orders.

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