General Mills is investing ‘millions of dollars’ to expand operations at its Wellston manufacturing facility.
The Wellston plant specialises in making pizza snacks for General Mills’ Totino’s brand and is said to be one of the largest frozen food manufacturing facilities in the US.
By focusing on making operations more productive and efficient, the investment is expected to increase overall capacity. It is also anticipated to expand the facility’s workforce to nearly 900 full-time employees.
The project is being executed in partnership with nonprofit economic development corporation, JobsOhio, and its network partner for southern, eastern and southeastern Ohio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE).
Working together, the two organisations have reportedly offered a $1 million development grant towards building, equipment and other costs.
“General Mills has been a proud and active member of the Wellston community for 18 years,” said Carolyn Mendel, General Mills Wellston plant manager.
“We believe we have the best employees making food the world loves and we’re grateful for the ongoing support from JobsOhio and OhioSE to expand this talent.”
Mike Jacoby, OhioSE president, said: “This is a tremendous win for Jackson County. General Mills’ success in Wellston is yet another success story on the benefits of doing business in southern Ohio.
“The new jobs and investment tied to this project will work to further ensure the long-term future of this plant.”
Jackson County Economic Development Partnership is also reportedly supporting the project with infrastructure improvements and an enterprise zone agreement for the site’s new construction plans.
“We are very excited to be part of General Mills’ ongoing growth and success in Jackson County,” said Sam Brady, executive director of the Jackson County Economic Development Partnership.
“Our team could not be more proud of the local support provided by the Jackson County Commissioners and the City of Wellston to assist our project team partners at JobsOhio and OhioSE in securing new jobs and investments for our community.”
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