FORT MADISON, Iowa (Business Wire) — Pinnacle Foods Group LLC officially opens a 17,000 square foot expansion to their Fort Madison canned meat factory today. The newly expanded location brings 65 jobs to Fort Madison, Iowa. Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds joined Mayor Steve Ireland and local government officials and Pinnacle Foods executives to celebrate the grand opening of the facility at today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The expansion includes the addition of production and packaging lines for the company’s Nalley® chili and Brook’s® bean brands. As a result of the expansion, more than 80 products have been added to the factory’s existing production portfolio of Armour® canned meats and chili.
“We are excited to support the growth of our company by expanding production in Fort Madison,” says Bryan Langerud, Plant Manager of Pinnacle Foods’ Fort Madison factory. “The State of Iowa and the City of Fort Madison were critical to our successful expansion and we thank them for their support over the past year.”
"I am excited to welcome these new jobs to the Fort Madison area," said Gov. Branstad. "I am pleased that Pinnacle Foods Group has chosen to invest here and create jobs here. This is great news for our state."
Mayor Steve Ireland said, “We were thrilled for the opportunity to partner with Pinnacle Foods in their expansion. They are a valuable employer in the Fort Madison economy.”
Pinnacle Foods made a $20 million capital investment to expand the Fort Madison facility, upgrade infrastructure, and install new manufacturing equipment at the plant.
About Pinnacle Foods Group LLC
Millions of times a day in more than 85% of American households, consumers reach for Pinnacle Foods brands. We are a leading producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality branded food products, which have been trusted household names for decades. Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, our business employs more than 4,300 people in North America. We are a leader in the shelf stable and frozen foods segments and our brands hold the #1 or #2 market position in 10 out of 13 major category segments in which they compete. Our Duncan Hines Grocery Division manages brands such as Duncan Hines® baking mixes and frostings, Vlasic® pickles, peppers, and relish, Comstock® and Wilderness® Fruit Pie Fillings, Mrs. Butterworth’s® and Log Cabin® syrups, Armour® canned meats, Nalley® and Brooks® chili and chili ingredients, and Open Pit® barbecue sauces. Our Birds Eye Frozen Division manages brands such as Birds Eye®, Birds Eye Steamfresh®, C&W®, McKenzie’s®, and Fresh like® vegetables, Birds Eye Voila!® complete bag meals, Aunt Jemima® frozen breakfasts, Swanson® and Hungry-Man® dinners and entrees, Van de Kamp’s® and Mrs. Paul’s® seafood, Lender’s® bagels and Celeste® pizza. Our Specialty Foods Division manages Tim’s Cascade Snacks®, Hawaiian™ Kettle Style Potato Chips, Snyder of Berlin® and Husman’s® in addition to our food service and private label businesses. Further information is available at www.pinnaclefoods.com.