Columbus, Ohio – T. Marzetti Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lancaster Colony Corporation, has announced plans to expand its existing production facility in Columbus, Ohio. The company is investing $22.8 million and creating 20 new jobs, with hiring for plant management and production positions expected to begin later this year.
T. Marzetti, with construction partner Gilbane Building Company and design partner Hixson, is adding 17,000 square feet and installing three new packaging lines at its existing facility at 1709 Frank Road to meet growing product demand. The project will also include the renovation of the facility’s interior and exterior to improve material and ingredient storage, shipping areas and utilities.
“One of the primary drivers behind this decision was the workforce availability and skilled talent in Central Ohio,” said T. Marzetti Chief Supply Chain Officer Dave Nagle. “With this new investment, we are expanding production capacity and strengthening the future of our presence in Columbus for many years to come.”
Headquartered in Columbus, T. Marzetti is home to household brands like Marzetti® salad dressings and dips, New York Bakery™ frozen breads and Sister Schubert’s® homemade rolls. The company’s presence in Central Ohio dates back to 1896, when Italian immigrant Teresa Marzetti opened her first restaurant in Columbus. The company chose the Columbus Region for its latest expansion after also considering other out-of-state locations for this expansion.
“T. Marzetti has been a pioneering food business in Columbus for more than a century, so we’re excited to see this heritage company continue to expand in and support our community,” said City of Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “Exemplifying the confidence companies have in our community, T. Marzetti is investing in the future of our manufacturing workforce with a significant facility expansion project that will support its continued growth in Columbus.”
Home to over 1,700 manufacturing establishments with nearly 90,000 employees, the Columbus Region represents the future of new manufacturing. The local manufacturing sector spans industries such as automotive, retail and consumer goods, boasting a highly skilled workforce available to meet companies’ hiring demands. Columbus is located in Franklin County, which is home to an estimated 1,310,300 residents.
“After more than a century of success, T. Marzetti continues to grow with talent from the Columbus Region,” said JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef. “T. Marzetti is a nationally recognized Ohio brand, and we are proud this expansion will bring 20 new jobs and three new packaging lines to meet growing customer demand.”
About T. Marzetti (A Lancaster Colony Company)
T. Marzetti Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lancaster Colony Corporation (NASDAQ: LANC), is a manufacturer and marketer of specialty food products for the retail and foodservice markets. Our retail brands include Marzetti®, New York Bakery™, Sister Schubert’s®, Reames®, Flatout®, Angelic Bakehouse®, and Bantam Bagels®, in addition to exclusive license agreements for Olive Garden® dressings, Chick-fil-A® sauces and Buffalo Wild Wings® sauces. Our foodservice business supplies many of the top restaurant chains in the United States. At T. Marzetti, our mission is to be The Better Food Company: Better people, that make better products, in a better corporate culture, that work in unison to make the world a better place. Led by our purpose, To Nourish Growth with All that We Do, our more than 3,000 team members are dedicated to innovative and quality products as well as superior service and value for our customers.
About Gilbane Building Company
Averaging more than $400 million in construction annually, Gilbane is currently one of the largest construction managers in the Central Ohio market. Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from preconstruction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1870 and still a privately held, family-owned company, our established relationships with area subcontractors/suppliers, local and state authorities, M/WBE subcontractors and top design and engineering professionals have resulted in satisfied clients and repeat business throughout the state. Gilbane is committed to continuing the strong tradition of excellence in the Central Ohio construction market. For more information, visit www.gilbaneco.com.
About the City of Columbus, Ohio
The City of Columbus is the 14th largest city in the United States with a population of 879,170 residents. The Columbus economy is balanced with a combination of education, technology, government, research, insurance and health care entities as major employers within the City. Columbus is gaining nationwide recognition for its booming downtown, historic neighborhoods, arts and sporting districts, open attitude and a noticeably affordable quality of life. Learn more about the City of Columbus at columbus.gov/development/Economic-Development.
JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com. Follow the company on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
About One Columbus As the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus Region, One Columbus’ mission is to lead a comprehensive regional growth strategy that develops and attracts the world’s most competitive companies, grows a highly adaptive workforce, prepares our communities for the future, and inspires corporate, academic and public innovation throughout the Columbus Region. One Columbus expertly guides companies through the location decision process. Through strategic business outreach and customized research, the One Columbus team leverages public, private and institutional partnerships to grow the Columbus Region’s economy and strengthen its national and international competitiveness. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at ColumbusRegion.com.
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