Pepperidge Farm breaks ground on $93 million expansion

50 new jobs will be created once the project is completed.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jun 20, 2013

Pepperidge Farm today broke ground on a $93 million expansion of its plant in Willard.

Gov. John Kasich joined Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and Irene Chang Britt, Pepperidge Farm’s President, in a ceremony to mark the start of construction on the project.

The investment will be made over the next two years and result in the installation of a new Goldfish cracker production line and a 227,000 square foot expansion to the site.  It is expected that 50 new jobs will be created once the project is completed in May 2015.

Britt said the expansion was being made to keep pace with the consumer demand for the company’s top-selling Goldfish crackers.

“Sales of Goldfish crackers have been growing consistently during the past five years, and it is critical we expand our production capacity to stay ahead of this demand,” she said.

“We appreciate the support we’ve received from the State of Ohio, JobsOhio, Development Finance Authority of Summit County, Huron County Development Council and the City of Willard for this project and are proud to be in a position to continue to invest in the local community.”

The expansion to the existing 355,000 square foot site will include the new production line, new ingredient processing facilities, additional warehouse space and refurbished employee facilities.

Construction will commence in June 2013 and is expected to be completed in the Summer of 2014, with Goldfish production scheduled to commence in May 2015.

The project will be managed by Pepperidge Farm and building construction will be handled by Janotta & Herner, of Monroeville.   

Pepperidge Farm Inc., based in Norwalk, Conn., is a leading provider of premium quality fresh bakery products, cookies, crackers, and frozen foods. The company was named the No. 1 Place to Work in Connecticut in the large company’s category of the Best Places to Work in Connecticut competition for 2009. Among the company’s most popular products are Sausalito and Milano cookies, Goldfish crackers, Baked Naturals crackers, frozen Puff  Pastry, frozen garlic loaves and Texas toasts, and more than 50 varieties of fresh baked breads including Pepperidge Farm Swirl, Farmhouse and Whole Grain. The company recently added Ecce Panis gourmet artisan breads to its portfolio.

Pepperidge Farm was founded in Connecticut in 1937 by Margaret Rudkin, an entrepreneurial homemaker who began baking fresh, all-natural bread for her allergy-afflicted son. Pepperidge Farm has been part of Campbell Soup Company since 1961.

Today, the company has nine bakeries and more than 4,000 employees.

Comments

Contango

Good to read!

Begs the question: Where is the economic development heavily campaigned on by ol' "Jobs, jobs, jobs" Duncan?

On that front, early last yr., he alluded to some "big news that he couldn’t discuss" - still 'breathlessly' waiting.

44846GWP

Can't find a job Winnie? Have you tried a Burger King?

Contango

Re: "Have you tried (at) Burger King?"

So they FINALLY fired you for your illiteracy? Guess that there's always welfare. :)

2sense

hold your breath anyway mr negative

Contango

^^^ Enjoy the "positive" trend and chug another couple glasses of Duncan brand "Jobs, jobs, jobs" flavored Kool-Aid. :)

JakeMac25

Awesome news....with even better news to come! More jobs for WILLARD possible coming along with this expansion...Railroad expansion? Milling Company?

Cliff Cannon

Great news ! Here's hoping JakeMac25 has a scoop on the " better news to come " !

arnmcrmn

TSC is about to open in Willard and I would imagine that would bring in another 30 or so jobs as well to the Willard area. GREAT NEWS for this area.

Its no secret that PF may also invest in its own flour mill to cut costs (long term).

JakeMac25

From what I've collected...the deal is done. CSXT bought land to be a part of the deal also. CSXT will ship in the grains, unsaid Milling Company will mill and send directly to PF. It makes sense and is great news for Willard. TSC is awesome news too....but come on' we all know the best news is that the Willard Hoopfest is coming back!

Cliff Cannon

Wonderful news here ! Although, living in Norwalk, we have been on the receiving end of quite a few " Willard Hoopfest's " So I am not sure that is the " best news " :)

Windy

Great news! I love their goldfish crackers, too!