Proposed plans for Kraft Heinz plant in Davenport progress

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Plans are moving ahead to build a new Kraft Heinz plant in Davenport to replace an existing plant, a move that includes taxpayer subsidies despite the loss of hundreds of jobs.

The Davenport City Council is scheduled to vote next week on the final plan for the proposed plant, reports the Quad-City Times. Kraft officials say the company will invest $203 million in the new facility, with the city contributing $10 million over 15 years through tax increment financing.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority approved a nearly $5 million development package that calls for the company to retain a minimum of 475 jobs from the existing plant, which currently employs about 1,200 people.