Two Local Companies to Invest & Expand in St. Joseph

LifeLine Foods
Boehringer Ingelheim

LifeLine Foods and Boehringer Ingelheim will both make significant investments at their St. Joseph facilities.

“We are very pleased to have LifeLine Foods and Boehringer Ingelheim’s continued investment in St. Joseph,” said R. Patt Lilly, President & CEO of the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce. “We appreciate the confidence both companies have shown in their decisions to invest in St. Joseph, which maintains and creates excellent jobs for our residents.”

LifeLine Foods will expand its masa flour production by adding a second mill. The project includes $5.5 million in existing building improvements and $6.5 million in new machinery equipment, for a total project of $12 million. This project will create 13 new jobs with an average annual compensation of $60,000. Incentives that assisted to make the project viable for LifeLine Foods include the Chapter 100 program, the Enhanced Enterprise Zone program, the Missouri Works program, and the KCP&L Economic Development Rider.

“Our business continues to evolve and grow as consumer demands change,” said Kevin Kelly, CEO of LifeLine Foods. “Adding nearly 10 percent more jobs and capital improvements to our facility will help us meet the demand for our products thanks to incentives like these.”

Boehringer Ingelheim will make certain capital investments, involving both real and personal property improvements, to its campus and facilities at North Belt Highway and Gene Field Road. The company will invest about $22.4 million to increase its capacity to manufacture vaccines for livestock. That investment is in addition to a roughly $20 million investment in St. Joseph that Boehringer Ingelheim announced in December 2017.

Incentives that assisted to make the project viable for Boehringer Ingelheim include the Chapter 100 program and the KCP&L Economic Development Rider.

Resolutions of Intent for Chapter 100 to assist both companies will go before the City Council on Monday, May 20, 2019.

The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Partnership was proud to partner with the following organizations on the projects: City of St. Joseph; Buchanan County; State of Missouri, Department of
Economic Development; and KCP&L.

About LifeLine Foods: LifeLine Foods, Inc., founded in 2001, is a leader in the corn milling industry with its portfolio of food ingredients—corn grits, corn meals, pre-gelatinized corn flour and masa. Owned by 600 farmer-owners in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, LifeLine is proud of its quality standards such as Certified Whole Grain, USDACertified Organic, Kosher, Gluten-Free and Non-GMO Project Verified. With more than 125 employees, LifeLine’s 780,000 square-foot SQF Level 2-certified milling facility is located within the Corn Belt in St. Joseph, Missouri.

LifeLine Foods continues to expand its facilities and mills while producing high-quality, wholesome ingredients that will nourish families for years to come. For more information, please visit

About Boehringer Ingelheim: Improving the health and quality of life of humans and animals is the goal of the research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. In animal health, Boehringer Ingelheim stands for advanced prevention.