Snack and candy maker Mondelez International is preparing to invest $ 122.5 million to increase the size of its cookie bakery in Richmond, Virginia, and expand manufacturing capabilities at the sites, Virginia Gov. Ralph said Northam in a statement this week.
Over the course of the project, 68,000 square feet will be added to the existing footprint of the East Coast manufacturing center, which will eventually house a new high-speed OREO production line. Mondelez also plans to open a new sales distribution center near the Richmond plant to support sales and distribution across the United States. The distribution center is expected to open in 2022, creating 80 new local jobs.
“We are delighted with these additional investments in our US cookie network and the opportunity to reaffirm and enhance the role of our Richmond manufacturing site, as well as our broader supply chain and footprint. business here in Henrico County and the Commonwealth of Virginia, ”said Troy Ellis, senior vice president of North American supply chain for Mondelez, in a statement. “Our Richmond Biscuit Bakery has been a proud part of our business for nearly five decades and is geographically well located as our cookie manufacturing hub on the east coast of the United States. “
Governor Northam has approved a $ 1.8 million Virginia Investment Performance Grant to be paid three years after the company is established and the promised capital investment and job creation are maintained.
Mondelez plans to complete the project within the next three years.
Earlier this year, the company closed a Nabisco plant in Fair Law, New Jersey, which has produced OREO cookies for six decades. Some 600 workers at the plant were affected by the plant shutdown, which produced Oreos, Ritz crackers, Teddy Grahams and other Nabisco products, the company Recount The Associated Press.