International Food Solutions, Inc. Announces Plans for Production Facility in Cleveland’s Central Neighborhood

New facility will bring 220 new jobs to the Northeast Ohio Region

International Food Solutions Chicken Tinga

International Food Solutions, Inc., a leader in pre-made ethnic-focused food solutions including Asian, Indian, Latin, and Mediterranean, received approval from the Ohio Department of Development (ODO) for tax credit assistance during its meeting today to open a production facility in Cleveland, investing more than $65 million and creating 220 new jobs.

International Food Solutions will join Northeast Ohio’s thriving food processing and manufacturing community, which currently includes more than 500 food processors and more than 200 food packaging providers. Subject to obtaining all necessary approvals, International Food Solutions plans to renovate and construct a 120,000-square-foot poultry-processing facility at a vacant building location at East 55th & Central Ave. The company will utilize the facility to service its existing school district customers as part of the USDA school lunch program. 

“We are thrilled  to receive approval from the Tax Credit Authority. This approval brings our project one step closer to moving forward,”  said Lincoln Yee, Co-President of International Food Solutions.

Currently, International Food Solutions utilizes a processing facility out of state to meet its customer needs.  A team consisting of members of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, ODOD, JobsOhio, and Team NEO worked with International Foods Solutions to provide the business case for relocating these operations to the Northeast Ohio Region.

In addition to new job creation and capital improvements, the project is noteworthy for the company’s investment in both the community and the significant benefits it offers new hires.

“This project will not only create over 220 new jobs in our growing food processing industry, it also represents a massive investment in the Central neighborhood,” said Mayor Justin M. Bibb. “We are also grateful for International Food Solutions’ commitment to a comprehensive community benefits agreement that represents a new gold standard for employees and neighbors.”

“We welcome International Food Solutions to Cuyahoga County and look forward to the positive impact the business will have on Cleveland’s Midtown community through neighborhood-based employment opportunities,” said County Executive Chris Ronayne.  “Furthermore, we are pleased to see that International Food Solutions recognizes that costs associated with childcare are often a barrier to employment and applaud their steadfast commitment to assist employees by offsetting those expenses.”

Economic development leaders point to the collaborative nature of the efforts to win the project, as well as the region’s strong food production sector as reasons why International Food Solutions chose the Northeast Ohio Region.

“We are excited that International Food Solutions is making a significant facility investment and creating jobs in Cleveland,” said Baiju R. Shah, CEO of Greater Cleveland Partnership. “This project is an example of civic system partners working with an ‘All In’ approach for the benefit and growth of our region.”

“International Food Solutions selecting the Northeast Ohio Region for its new facility is a testament to our robust food processing and manufacturing industry – including a 23,000-plus food manufacturing and production workforce and strong logistics capabilities to reach 330 million people within a day,” added Chief Executive Officer Bill Koehler. “Along with our local partners, ODOD, and JobsOhio, we look forward to working with leadership to ensure International Food Solutions’ success in the Northeast Ohio Region.”

About International Food Solutions, Inc

International Food Solutions, Inc. (“IFS”) was incorporated in June 2008 as the genesis of a frozen food business focused on serving the institutional foodservice market, http://www.internationalfoodsolutions.com, https://internationalfoodsolutions.com/videos/ – YouTube

IFS provides Asian, Indian and Latin cuisine as a full plate provider of prepared foods nationally to thousands of K – 12 schools, adjacent institutional foodservice end markets, such as long-term care facilities, hospitals, and US military bases. 

The Company was founded by Allan Lam and Lincoln Yee, the company was also Lincoln’s application project during his MBA program at Case Western Reserve University. 

About Team NEO

Team NEO is a private, nonprofit economic development organization accelerating business growth and job creation throughout the 18 counties of the Northeast Ohio Region. As the designated JobsOhio Network Partner, we align and amplify local economic development efforts in the region’s 18-counties; we conduct research and data analysis to inform local conversations and influence solutions; we market the Northeast Ohio Region; and we work to increase access to jobs, education and training for the region’s 4.3 million people. We do this to build a more vibrant regional economy; one that is more talented, equitable, competitive, innovative, resilient, and prosperous. For more information, visit chrisr359.sg-host.com.

About JobsOhio

JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development CoalitionOhio Southeast Economic DevelopmentOne ColumbusREDI CincinnatiRegional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com. Follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.