J.M. Smucker Co. to invest $1.1bn in sandwich manufacturing plant in McCalla
The J.M. Smucker Co. (Smucker’s) revealed plans to invest $1.1 billion to construct a new manufacturing plant and distribution center in McCalla, Alabama.
The facility will be dedicated to produce Smucker’s Uncrustables sandwiches, said the American food and beverages company.
Expected to break ground before January 2022, the sandwich producing plant is targeted to begin operations in 2025.
The new McCalla manufacturing plant and distribution center will be the third manufacturing location dedicated to the Smucker’s Uncrustables brand apart from existing facilities in Scottsville in Kentucky, and Longmont in Colorado.
J.M. Smucker Co. said that the new facility along with a completed expansion at the Longmont plant will support its strategy to more than double its present production capacity.
Mark Smucker — President and CEO of J.M. Smucker Co. said: “Our Smucker’s Uncrustables brand continues to be one of the fastest growing in our portfolio and in the food sector more broadly. We are proud of the success the brand has achieved, due in no small part to the tremendous efforts of our employees, and we’re excited to take advantage of the opportunities and growth our investments will enable.
“We appreciate the support we have received from the State of Alabama and Jefferson County officials, and we look forward to being a part of the greater Birmingham community.”
Construction of the McCalla manufacturing plant and distribution center and production will be executed in three phases over multiple years. It will generate up to 750 jobs.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said: “Because The J.M. Smucker Co. is one of America’s leading consumer packaged goods companies in the food sector, its decision to make a significant investment in Jefferson County represents a powerful endorsement of Alabama’s inviting business environment.
“Not only will the Company’s growth project create a large number of jobs in McCalla, but it will also permit us to build a long-standing relationship with a top consumer brand.”