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PEPPERIDGE FARM PLANT EXPANSION

 

 
 
Ground breaking ceremony for Pepperidge Farm expansion.  From left:  Willard Plant Manager Rick Sheppard, HCDC Executive Director Carol Knapp, Team NEO Christine Nelson, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Campbell Soup President & CEO Denise Morrison, Pepperidge Farm President Irene Britt, Willard City Manager Brian Humphress, and JobsOhio Managing Director David Mustine. 

 

Goldfish Make a Big Splash in Willard!

The robust sales of Goldfish over an extended period of time created the need for additional manufacturing capacity of the popular snack crackers.  The Willard, Ohio Pepperidge Farm plant was chosen as the location for this expansion.
 
On June 20, 2013, Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated, a subsidiary of Campbell Soup Company, announced the $93 million plant expansion to the Willard facility.  The plant expansion created 50 new jobs and retained 543 in Huron County.  An estimated 500 construction jobs resulted from this expansion as well.
 
The 227,000 square foot expansion nearly doubled the current 355,000 square foot facility.  The additional space houses a new Goldfish production line, new ingredient processing facilities, additional warehouses space, and refurbished employee facilities.
 
This project was a case study of the positive outcome that results from local, regional, and state organizations working together.  The City of Willard, Willard City School District, and Pioneer Career & Technology Center provided local support for the project.  The Development Finance Authority provided financing for the $40 million capital investment, with Team NEO and JobsOhio assisting with incentives to help offset the additional $53 million in machinery and equipment and other project costs.  The Huron County Development Council was involved with the project from Day 1, providing oversight and coordination and addressing any speed bumps in the process.