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Former power plant in Menasha may become food processing plant

The River Street Power Plant in Menasha (Photo from: FOX 11).
The River Street Power Plant in Menasha (Photo from: FOX 11).

MENASHA, WI (WTAQ) - A vacant energy plant in Menasha may be getting another lease on life as a food processing facility.

On Thursday, the Menasha City Council approved opening talks of selling the plant on River Street  to Aeries Energy and Simply Incredible Foods.

The two companies have said they plan to work together to convert the plant to produce Simply Incredible Foods’ Cransations product line. 

The Fox Cities Regional Partnership believes it could bring about 80 new jobs to Menasha.

“You’re talking about a $51 million annual impact on the local economy,” Partnership Executive Vice President Larry Burkhardt told FOX 11.

Simply Incredible Foods makes a patented, sweet frozen cranberry and cranberry juice.

If the deal is reached, Simply Incredible Foods believes it cold have the plant operating within six months.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).