Pinnacle Foods Expands Vlasic® Facility in Imlay City, Creates Jobs in Michigan
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Joins Local Officials and
Pinnacle Foods Leaders at Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony.
IMLAY CITY, MICH. (Aug. 26, 2013) – Pinnacle Foods Inc. officially commemorated the expansion of production at its Vlasic manufacturing facility in Imlay City today. This expansion adds approximately 29 full-time jobs, plus another 500 seasonal jobs during the peak summer production season. Governor Rick Snyder and Imlay City Mayor Walt Bargen joined local government officials along with leaders from Pinnacle Foods to celebrate the occasion at today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“I am pleased that Pinnacle Foods is expanding its commitment to Michigan with the construction of this new facility and by creating new permanent and seasonal jobs. This project is an example of the increased investment and job growth in the state’s food and agriculture industry, which is playing a key role in making Michigan the Comeback State,” the governor said, adding the industry contributes $91 billion a year to the state’s economy and provides 923,000 jobs.
With the expansion, the Vlasic facility in Imlay City now produces all Vlasic, Milwaukee, and Wiejski Wyroby products, as well as, Vlasic’s newest line of premium, hand-packed pickles, Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic.
“We’re thrilled to be expanding in the Imlay City community, providing Imlay City and the great state of Michigan with more employment opportunities,” said Gary Lauber, Plant Manager of Pinnacle Foods’ Imlay City facility. “We’re thankful for the support of the local community, RWDSU Local 87, our employees, and the State and Local Governments for their support in making our expansion possible, and we look forward to long-term success in Imlay City.”
The expansion includes the creation of new jobs in managerial and supervisory positions, as well as openings in maintenance, technical, clerical, and production departments. The infrastructure improvements will help the plant accommodate more capacity.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Pinnacle Foods on their Imlay City expansion,” said Mayor Bargen. “Pinnacle Foods, specifically Vlasic pickles, has had a strong presence in Imlay City and we are thrilled to continue this relationship that has been ongoing in Imlay City for over 50 years.”
In February of 2012, Pinnacle Foods announced its decision to focus on the branded Vlasic business while de-emphasizing its lower-margin, un-branded food-service pickle businesses, resulting in a decision to consolidate all of the company’s pickle production to the Imlay City facility.
About Vlasic® Pickles
Vlasic® pickles—America’s favorite pickles—offer great flavor and are low in calories with no fat. Always crunchy and juicy, Vlasic® pickles are available in nine key segments including Kosher Dill Spears, Bread and Butter Chips, Ovals, Sweet Gherkins, Large and Small Whole Dills, Stackers, Relish and Peppers. In 2012, Vlasic introduced a premium pickle line, Farmer’s GardenTM by Vlasic®. Farmer’s GardenTM by Vlasic® pickles are packed with real ingredients and vegetable inclusions – no artificial coloring or flavoring, and no corn syrup – to deliver a great tasting pickle with authentic flavor and maximum crunch. For more information on Vlasic® pickles, visit www.vlasic.com or www.FarmersGardenbyVlasic.com.
About Pinnacle Foods
In more than 85% of American households, consumers reach for Pinnacle Foods brands. Pinnacle Foods is a Top 1000 Company ranked on Fortune Magazine's 2013 Top 1000 companies list. 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 an average of 4,400 employees. We are a leader in the shelf stable and frozen foods segments and our brands hold the #1 or #2 market position in 10 of the 12 major categories in which they compete. Our Duncan Hines Grocery Division manages brands such as Duncan Hines® baking mixes and frostings, Vlasic® shelf-stable pickles, Mrs. Butterworth's® and Log Cabin® table syrups, Armour® canned meats, Brooks® and Nalley® chili and chili ingredients, Duncan Hines® Comstock® and Wilderness® pie and pastry fruit fillings and Open Pit® barbecue sauces. Our Birds Eye Frozen Division manages brands such as Birds Eye®, Birds Eye Steamfresh®, C&W®, McKenzie's®, and Freshlike® frozen vegetables, Birds Eye Voila!® complete bagged frozen meals, Van de Kamp's® and Mrs. Paul's® frozen prepared seafood, Hungry-Man® frozen dinners and entrées, Aunt Jemima® frozen breakfasts, Lender's® frozen and refrigerated bagels, and Celeste® frozen pizza. Our Specialty Foods Division manages Tim's Cascade Snacks®, Hawaiian® kettle style potato chips, Erin's® popcorn, Snyder of Berlin® and Husman's® snacks in addition to our food service and private label businesses. Further information is available at http://www.pinnaclefoods.com.