The City of Coburg got some bad news Wednesday.
Applesauce producer Materne announced it will not locate its new processing facility in Lane County. Coburg Mayor Jae Pudewell says the processing facility was expected to bring 230 jobs to the area.
Pudewell: "We're obviously very disappointed. We were hoping to have them join our community, and I think we could have done good things together. It's a business decision and I'm sure they're doing what's best for them."
For months, county and city officials were in discussions with the squeezable applesauce maker. Before going public, the proposal went under the name "Project Squeeze." Pudewell says as part of the pitch, Coburg had agreed to speed up certain public works projects – like water and wastewater improvements.
Even though this bid was not successful, Lane County Economic Development Manager Glenda Poling says the area is now on the map as a place that is amenable to the food production industry. She says other companies have begun to make inquiries about moving to the county.