By G.A. Balagopal/Reuters The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Thursday it had approved the creation of a new home depot mill for manufacturing of food, medicine and household items.
The approval, announced by the FDA in Washington, DC, also marks the first time a company has been granted a license to manufacture food at home, medicine, household items and other items at a facility that can be used for manufacturing.
The new facility, called Home Depot Micro Manufacturing in New Jersey, will build on a manufacturing facility located in the state and a new facility in Florida that the company had opened in 2017.
It will have a capacity of 25,000 square feet, and be used to build the facility and manufacture the products at home and the new Florida facility, according to the FDA.
It was unclear whether Home Depot would be allowed to manufacture the food, or medical supplies and household products, at the new facility.
Home Depot is the largest home appliance manufacturer in the US and has grown substantially since it bought the struggling Kroger chain in 2011.
The FDA said in a statement that the facility would provide home and medical customers with products that have been found to meet or exceed consumer needs, while also providing a safe and sanitary environment.
Home Depot has said it expects to have about 2,000 jobs at the facility, and expects the new plant to be ready for use by the end of 2019.