Nestle Relocating Pizza Division To Ohio

Nestle USA says it's relocating its frozen pizza division from Illinois to the Cleveland suburb of Solon, joining its other businesses and an expanding research center there.  The world's largest food company expects about 250 jobs eventually to come from the move.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nestle USA says it's relocating its frozen pizza division from Illinois to the Cleveland suburb of Solon, joining its other businesses and an expanding research center there.

Nestle's Glendale, Calif.-based U.S. arm announced the move Wednesday. The world's largest food company expects about 250 jobs eventually to come from the move and associated growth, adding to a current Ohio workforce of 2,500.

Nestle acquired the pizza division from Kraft Foods in 2010 for $3.7 billion. It makes such brands as DiGiorno, California Pizza Kitchen, Tombstone and Jack's.

The company says the relocated operation can benefit from proximity to the $53 million product technology center it's building in Solon, which is scheduled to open in early 2015. The R&D center will specialize in frozen and chilled foods research.

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