Pinnacle Foods Inc. has announced plans to expand its frozen meal manufacturing hub.
The consumer-packaged foods company will build a 164,000-square-foot frozen goods warehouse connected directly to its existing building on 15th Street in south Fayetteville, according to a city news release. Pinnacle will hire numerous employees to run the facility once it is operational this fall, the release stated.
Pinnacle Foods brands / Source: Pinnacle Foods
Officials said by locating the warehouse with the manufacturing plant, more than 130,000 miles of tractor-trailer traffic will be eliminated from Interstate 49.
The city’s sustainability department said that the reduction of miles on the highway equates to approximately 21,452 gallons of fuel saved, which includes a reduction of 218 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
“We are pleased to be working in partnership with Fayetteville community leaders to expand our facility and bring more jobs to the area,” said Chad Whyte, Pinnacle Foods’ vice president of logistics and warehousing. “This project is good for Pinnacle, Fayetteville, and the environment.”
Pinnacle Foods specializes in shelf stable and frozen food manufacturing and distribution, and includes brands like Birds Eye, Duncan Hines, Evol, Hungry-Man, Mrs. Butterworth’s, Vlasic and Wish-Bone.
The company last expanded its manufacturing facility in Fayetteville by adding a new Evol product line. At the time, officials said Pinnacle had 420 full-time employees, which made it the largest private employer in the city. The new Evol line was said to have created 25 new jobs that would be incorporated over the next two years.