Food producer Pinnacle Foods has announced plans to relocate EVOL manufacturing operations to an existing Pinnacle facility in Fayetteville, AR. The EVOL brand has outgrown its current manufacturing site in Boulder, CO, while the Fayetteville location has the necessary capacity to accommodate the business. Select products will continue to be produced by strategic contract manufacturers with specialized capabilities. Pinnacle anticipates that the EVOL plant will close in the first quarter of 2017.
“While it’s never an easy decision to close a manufacturing plant, this action will ensure the long-term success of the EVOL brand”, said Mike Wittman, Pinnacle Foods executive vice president and chief supply chain officer.
Approximately 85 employees from the EVOL facility are affected. They will be encouraged to apply for open positions at other Pinnacle facilities, including the nearby facility in Denver, CO. Pinnacle will be investing in the Fayetteville facility to upgrade existing manufacturing capabilities and expects to hire approximately 25 new full-time employees to support the increased capacity.