When this expansion goes forward, construction of an addition will start in January 2021 and be completed in December that year, according to Richardson and Port Authority documents.
In a meeting with Port Authority trustees this week, Joseph Geraghty, executive director of the Port Authority, cautioned trustees that White Castle could move the expansion to Kentucky, while retaining a presence in Vandalia. The expansion was not a certainty, he believed at the time.
“What the company has said, by doubling the size of that facility, it could ultimately put two productions lines in there,” Geraghty said. “Each production line is about 30 new employees.”
Port Authority trustees approved involvement in the project, unanimously approving a capital lease structure that would shield the White Castle expansion from sales taxes on materials purchased for construction in Vandalia.
“My sense is that we’re going to continue to be a winner, given our locale in the U.S.," Geraghty said.
The 99-year-old fast food chain and food producer says it “pioneered” the fast food hamburger and later the frozen distribution of its iconic Slider. The original Vandalia plant was built for $19.4 million.
Investing further into Vandalia means the company is “hopefully racing toward the next 100 years," Richardson said.