WESTMINSTER — With the final approval for a tax abatement given Thursday morning, Rudolph Foods is looking to increase local pork rind production with a roughly $5 million investment that could result in 25 new jobs.

Allen County Commissioners approved the 10-year, 60% abatement on real and personal property tax for the company’s expansion — a 7,000-square foot cooled warehouse for increased raw material storage — during the commissioner’s regularly scheduled meeting.

The 25 extra jobs are expected to be spread throughout Westminster’s facility to deal with the increased production due to the warehouse expansion. Tony Cover, Rudolph’s director of operations, compared the new building to a giant refrigerator with much larger doors and truck docks.

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