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Groundbreaking for Pepperidge Farm expansion

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Speaking at the groundbreaking is Governor Kasich, to the left is Denise Morrison, President and CEO Campbell Soup Company (Source: Office of Ohio Governor John R. Kasich) Speaking at the groundbreaking is Governor Kasich, to the left is Denise Morrison, President and CEO Campbell Soup Company (Source: Office of Ohio Governor John R. Kasich)
WILLARD, OH (WOIO) -

Pepperidge Farm Incorporated broke ground on a $93 million expansion of its Willard, Ohio plant.

Pepperidge Farm's President, Irene Chang Britt said the expansion was being made to keep pace with the consumer demand for the company's top-selling Goldfish crackers.

The investment will be made over the next two years and will result in the installation of a new Goldfish cracker production line and a 227,000 square foot expansion to the site. 

It is expected that 50 new jobs will be created once the project is completed in May 2015. 

"Sales of Goldfish crackers have been growing consistently during the past five years, and it is critical we expand our production capacity to stay ahead of this demand," Britt said.

The expansion to the existing 355,000 square foot site will include the new production line, new ingredient processing facilities, additional warehouse space and refurbished employee facilities.

Construction will commence in June 2013 and is expected to be completed in the Summer of 2014, with Goldfish production scheduled to commence in May 2015. 

Britt said Pepperidge Farm Incorporated "appreciates the support received from the State of Ohio, JobsOhio, Development Finance Authority of Summit County, Huron County Development Council and the City of Willard for this project and is proud to continue to invest in the local community."

Ohio Governor John Kasich joined Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company's President and Chief Executive Officer along with Britt in the ceremony to mark the start of construction on the project.

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