DETROIT – Wolverine Packing Co. has broken ground on its fifth meat processing plant in Detroit’s Eastern Market, where it purchased eight acres of land earlier this year for approximately $1.15 million. The 180,000-sq.-ft. facility is expected to be completed in nine months and will add approximately 100 jobs to Wolverine’s payroll.

Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Tippmann Co. is the design-build firm leading the construction process for Wolverine, a processor of ground beef patties, fresh lamb and veal products and portion-cut steaks for domestic and international customers.

According to Tippmann, the project has been in the planning stages for more than two years and was initially planned as a smaller facility, but it increased based on customer demand.

“At each phase of construction planning, Wolverine customers' needs continued to evolve,” said Rob Adams, an executive with Tippmann. “Because of our great working relationship with the management team at Wolverine, we were able to seamlessly make the adjustments necessary to deliver a fantastic facility."