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General Mills recently broke ground on a new warehouse and distribution center in Belvidere that will allow the Minneapolis, MN-based food giant to increase distribution throughout the Midwest.

The 1.3 million square foot, state-of-the-art facility is one of the biggest development projects in Belvidere history and will employ between 55 and 75 full-time workers when it opens next fall. State officials secured $700,000 in funds to reconfigure a neighboring road and make water and sewer improvements.

General Mills already operates a manufacturing plant in Belvidere that makes cereals and foods for its Nature Valley and Fiber One brands. The I-90 interstate highway runs through Belvidere, which also offers access to rail and the nearby Rockford International Airport

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