Pinnacle Foods, Fayetteville’s largest private employer, announces plant expansion

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Consumer packaged goods company Pinnacle Foods Inc., the largest private employer in Fayetteville, said Monday (Jan. 22) it will build a 164,000 square-foot cold storage warehouse connected directly to its existing building at 1100 W. 15th St.

The new building is expected to be operational this fall.

Devin Howland, director of economic vitality for the city of Fayetteville, said the company has filed its large-scale development plan with the city of Fayetteville. He said the number of new jobs and capital investment associated with the project have not yet been announced.

By locating the warehouse adjacent to the manufacturing plant and eliminating the transportation of finish goods to a third-party warehouse, the company says more than 130,000 miles of tractor-trailer traffic will be eliminated from Interstate 49.

Fayetteville’s Sustainability Department states says the reduction of highway miles will save about 21,452 gallons of fuel, which includes a reduction of 218 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

The Fayetteville facility comprises 47 acres with 360,000 square feet of space. It currently employs 420 full-time employees.

Pinnacle Foods Group LLC is a leading producer, marketer and distributor of food products. Pinnacle is the principal operating entity of the publicly traded Pinnacle Foods Inc., a Fortune 1000 company with revenue in excess of $2.5 billion annually.

In August 2016, Pinnacle Foods announced an expansion of its food manufacturing capability in Fayetteville by relocating its EVOL brand line from Colorado.