General Mills has announced its investing $100 million to expand its Wellston, Ohio, manufacturing facility, the sole source of its Totino’s pizzas and pizza rolls. The project will be focused on improving its operations to be more productive and efficient, and increasing overall capacity, which is projected to create 30 new full-time positions and bring the total employment at the facility to over 1,000 full-time employees.
Totino’s originated in 1951 as a family pizza parlor in Minneapolis, Minn. Today, the brand sells more than 300 million party pizzas annually across the U.S. The pizza and snack divisions have proven to be key to driving Kellogg’s growth.
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“General Mills has been a cornerstone of this community for more than 35 years and our employees exude a lot of pride in making food the world loves,” says Stephanie Weaver, plant manager at General Mills Wellston facility. “We’re excited to grow our business and employee base in southeastern Ohio and having strong local, regional and state partners has been instrumental in our success.”
The expansion is being supported by a tax credit from the Ohio Department of Development and a $400,000 JobsOhio Grant, in collaboration with Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE), toward the building, machinery, and equipment costs.
“This is a tremendous win for Jackson County,” says Mike Jacoby, OhioSE president. “General Mills’ investment in Wellston is yet another success story on the benefits of doing business in southern Ohio. The growth tied to this project will contribute to the long-term future of this plant and our region’s food manufacturing industry.”