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The Welch’s plant in Lawton, pictured above on April 16, 2012, is set to expand its operations after securing grant funding.

LAWTON — Local grape growers have reason to be juiced about Welch Foods’ coming expansion.

Welch Foods, together with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, announced a planned expansion of their Lawton plant on Wednesday. The project will result in 57 new jobs in Southwest Michigan.

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