The construction bid for improvements to the Schulze Industrial Park stormwater detention system funded through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) was awarded last week.

The Washington City Council voted Monday, Dec. 4, to award the contract to Pangea Group, St. Louis, the low bidder for the work. The contract is for $654,964.

The CDBG was approved by the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) and will be utilized to accommodate the expansion of Frick’s Quality Meats.

The company is a embarking on an $8 million expansion in Washington, resulting in the creation of 40 new jobs for the community.

Frick’s Quality Meats, which manufactures smoked meats and sausages in many varieties, is planning a 18,000-square-foot expansion to its existing 120,000-square-foot facility at 360 M. E. Frick Drive.

Frick’s Quality Meats is family-owned and -operated company that has been located in Washington for five generations. Frick’s makes products that are distributed to grocery retailers in 44 U.S. states.

Frick’s existing facility, built in 2005, is Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) compliant and holds a grade “AA” certification. GFSI audits are considered the highest standard of audits in the food industry, and AA is the highest achievable rating.