COVID-19

New grant program to offer immigrant businesses some COVID relief in Kandiyohi County

May 15, 2020

New grant program to offer immigrant businesses some COVID relief in Kandiyohi County
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, along with other local and regional partners, continues to look for new ways to help businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. “We are using the resources we have to try to address some of the emergency funding,” said Aaron Backman, EDC executive director. A new grant program, this one geared toward new immigrant businesses in Kandiyohi County, was approved by the EDC Joint Operations Board

Jennie-O Turkey Store closing both Willmar plants due to COVID-19

April 26, 2020

Jennie-O Turkey Store closing both Willmar plants due to COVID-19
WILLMAR — Jennie-O Turkey Store has decided to temporarily close both of its Willmar production facilities, located on Willmar Avenue and Benson Avenue, to undergo facility-wide cleaning and to slow the spread of the COVID-19 disease. The announcement came Friday afternoon in a news release from the company. Operations will wind down through the weekend, the release said. There is no timeline yet for reopening of the facilities. The company confirmed earlier this week that employees had come

Jennie-O hopes preventive actions will protect workers and plant from COVID-19

April 16, 2020

Jennie-O hopes preventive actions will protect workers and plant from COVID-19
WILLMAR — Officials at Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar say they are optimistic extra efforts they are implementing to protect employees from the coronavirus could prevent the type of outbreak that has temporarily shut down a large pork processing facility in South Dakota. Starting next week, employees at the Jennie-O processing plants will have their temperatures taken when reporting to work. Fever is one of the most common symptoms of the COVID-19 respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. That

EDC wants to be there for business community during pandemic

April 13, 2020

EDC wants to be there for business community during pandemic
WILLMAR — Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down a vast majority of the economy at all levels, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission saw business retention as one of its top goals. That has taken on an even greater significance with so many business owners finding themselves in uncharted territory. “Business retention and business assistance has to be our top priority; trying to do whatever we can do for our local businesses,” said EDC Joint