(GREAT FALLS) Montana Egg LLC opened in Great Falls on Monday.
The 55,000-square foot facility is located on 38th Street between 10th Avenue North and River Drive.
The $9 million dollar facility is an egg-grading plant.
An estimated 650,000 eggs will be graded each day, sourced from a collaborative of 35 Hutterite colonies across Montana.
The facility will employ more than 30 people, and requires 100 Hutterite members to run the 35 chicken barns.
Wilcox Family Farms of Washington teamed up with the Hutterite collaborative.
The corporation will be handling all staffing at the plant as well as marketing and selling of the eggs.
The eggs will go mostly to 25 Costco stores across the Pacific Northwest.
(SEPTEMBER 6, 2016) A new egg-grading facility is being built in Great Falls.
Workers recently broke ground on the $6.6 million plant along the east side of 38th Street North between 10th Avenue North and River Drive.
The facility is being built for Montana Egg LLC and will be able to grade, sort, and ship more than 280 million eggs each year.
Thirty Hutterite colonies have partnered with Costco stores in Montana and Washington to provide cage-free, organic eggs.
The colonies currently have more than 8,000 hens laying eggs for Wilcox Family Farm, but this added contract will mean more hens and more eggs.
The Hutterite colony will need to have about 45,000 egg-laying hens, which will provide about 280 million eggs annually.
The eggs will be graded, sorted, packaged, and shipped out from Great Falls.
Jolene Schalper of the Great Falls Development Authority said that the facility will employ about 20 full-time workers: "Which is great because it definitely adds to what they have now. They are adding the jobs, they are state of the art so they are good jobs. The construction jobs are fantastic during the process, and we're also really excited about the tax revenue that a $6.6 million dollar facility will add to the city's budget."