Mondelēz International to expand Nabisco plant in Varina

UPDATE: MAY 8, 12:01 P.M. – Mondelēz Global LLC, the U.S. operating company of Mondelēz International, Inc., will invest more than $40 million to expand its biscuit bakery in Varina, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today.

The facility manufactures a variety of Nabisco crackers and cookies, including Ritz, Wheat Thins and Premium crackers, Oreo and Chips Ahoy! cookies, and Nilla wafers. The expansion will enable the addition of a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing line for Ritz crackers and add 38,000 square feet to the existing bakery.

“We’re excited about this investment in our U.S. biscuit network and the opportunity to reaffirm and enhance the role of the Henrico County bakery within our Mondelēz International manufacturing footprint for North America,” said Cindy Waggoner, Vice President, North America Integrated Supply Chain, Biscuits. “The bakery in Henrico County is geographically well-situated to support our East Coast business, and this investment is a part of our commitment to create a best-in-class integrated supply chain to support our business.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the Henrico County Economic Development Authority to secure the project for Virginia. McAuliffe approved a $100,000 performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Partnership program, an incentive available to existing Virginia companies. The company may be eligible to receive benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity will provide funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities.

“This new investment in the Nabisco bakery in Henrico County is a reflection of the outstanding climate that Virginia offers businesses seeking to start or expand their operations and stay on the cutting edge of high-tech manufacturing,” McAuliffe said. “The Nabisco biscuit bakery was opened in 1973 and currently employs nearly 500, representing one of the largest employers in Henrico County.”

“With this tremendous project, Mondelēz International is really investing in the future of its Henrico County operation,” said Maurice Jones, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade. “This investment and the addition of 38,000 square feet will bring the facility to nearly one million square feet and 10 total manufacturing lines. Mondelēz International’s bakery in Henrico County has been in operation for more than 40 years, and this significant investment is a great testament to the confidence the company has in Virginia’s business climate. ”

Mondelēz International, Inc. had 2013 revenues of $35 billion.

“I am pleased that Mondelēz International continues to show confidence in Henrico County and in their facility here,” states Patricia O’Bannon, Chairman of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors. “Because of the plant’s consistent efficiency, it has been rewarded with this expansion in new technology and investment. Henrico is proud to be a partner with Mondelēz International as they continue to make some of the world’s favorite snacks.”
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