Japanese Company Shinmei Breaks Ground for New Headquarters in West Sac

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It is all dirt and shovels now but soon, the empty space in West Sacramento’s South Port Business Park will house a new plant and turn West Sacramento into the home of the rice bun.

The city hopes Shinmei USA Corporation, the Japanese company behind it all, will attract other industries and turn West Sacramento into a global food hub.

“Plans like this add to our local economy. It is going to bring 150 jobs to our community and our region and solidify our tax base,” Mayor Chris Cabaldon said Monday.

Shinmei chose West Sacramento because of its close proximity to rice fields and its high quality water.

Mayor Cabaldon says this year’s drought will not be a problem for production.

“We have a budget for water and this is part of that budget over the long run. We insist on the most efficient use of water in our local manufacturer facilities and the use of recycled waters,” Cabaldon said.

The new facility will span 28,000 square feet.

The project has been in the making for more than a year and expects to be completed by January 2015.

Shinmei will begin looking for employees in January and plans to open the facility by March.

The buns will be gluten free and use only brown rice.

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