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KettleFoodsoffersawidevarietyofall-naturalsnackfoodsandhaspioneeredthekettle-cookedstylewithitsall-naturalhand-cookedpotatochips.AstheresultofKettleBrandstremendousgrowthKettleFoodsopeneditssecondU.S.productionfacilityinBeloitWis.inSeptember2007.WhenKettleFoodswasacquiredbySanFrancisco-basedDiamondFoodsin2010thecompanybegantoexploreexpandingoperationstomeetgrowingdemandforKettleBrandproductsinlargermarketsintheMidwestEastandSouthaswellasexclusivelyproduceanewpotatochipinareducedoilformat.TheBeloitfacilityproducesapproximatelyhalfofthenationssupplyofKettleBrandpotatochipstoday.TheavailabilityofbondfinancinginWisconsincoupledwithlocalandstateincentivesledthecompanytoembarkonamajorbuildingandequipmentexpansionintheBeloitproductionfacility.Tohelptakeadvantageofthetax-exemptbondfinancingDiamondFoodsapproachedWhyteHirschboeckDudekS.C.forcounsel.WHDdocumentedassistedinstructuringandrenderedanapprovingtaxopinionforthebondswhichwerepurchasedinaprivateplacementwithGECapitalFinance.WHDalsoassistedwithrealestateissuesandservedasspecialborrowerscounsel.Theexpansionprojectrepresentsaninvestmentofmorethan35millionandconsistsofremodelingandexpandingtheexistingfacilityandthepurchaseandinstallationofmorethan20millionofequipment.DiamondFoodscurrentlyemploys380employeesinBeloitandasaresultoftheprojectDiamondFoodsexpectstoaddaminimumof110full-timeemployees.TodayKettleBrandproductsaredistributedthroughoutNorthAmericaJapanGuamandWesternEurope.DiamondsKettleBrandisalsoleadingtheindustryingreenbuildingsustainablebusinesspractices.Thecompanyutilizes18windturbinesontheroofoftheBeloitfacilityrecyclesandconvertsitscookingoilintobiodieselthatfuelsafleetofcompanycarsanditsSalemOre.officehostsoneofthelargestsolararraysinthePacificNorthwest.ThecompanysinvestmentingreenbuildingsustainablebusinesspracticesearnedtheBeloitfacilityLEEDGoldcertificationfromtheU.S.GreenBuildingCounselandin2009KettleBrandwasrecognizedwiththeNationalWildlifeFederationConservationAchievementAwardforCorporateLeadershipinhonorofitsnativeprairierestorationattheBeloitfacilityamongothersustainabilityefforts.CommunityDevelopmentAuthorityoftheCityofBeloitCityofBeloitGECapitalFinanceTax-exemptbondfinancing21.2millionpartofalargerfinancingexpansionwithprojectcostsinexcessof40millionLyndaTemplenLisaLangeBradDalletKimWynnJamesLoweRebeccaMitichKateAlbrechtparalegalspecialistPublicFinanceRealEstateTaxationStephenSibertVicePresidentCorporateAffairsCommunicationsDiamondFoodsInc.14dealsdoneWHoCoULdHAveIMAgInedTHATKeTTLefoodSInC.AdIvISIonofdIAMondfoodSInC.WoULdHAvegroWnToTodAySno.1nATUrALPoTAToCHIPbrAndKeTTLebrAnddIAMondfoodSInC.othKPlasTpdalSizdalPicipalWHdTamMmsPacticAasIlWegreatlyappreciatedtheexpertiseofWhyteHirschboeckDudektoguideusthroughthisbondtransactionandparticularlyLyndaTemplenandherteamwhoenabledustobenefitfromthestateandlocalincentivesprovidedtoustomakethisprojectareality.