Food Engineering

Plant Openings and Expansions: September 2013

September 11, 2013

The Coca-Cola Company added a 50,000-sq.-ft. expansion to its existing 225,000-sq.-ft. facility in Lehigh County, PA. The $42.9 million project will include a hot-fill line to produce more non-carbonated drinks and is expected to be fully operational in 2014.

Dot Foods broke ground on the seventh expansion of its warehouse facilities at its headquarters in Mount Sterling, IL. The new 110,000-sq.-ft. cooler warehouse has an anticipated completion date of April 1, 2014. Dot’s corporate headquarters is now home to more than 1.41 million sq. ft. of warehouse space.           

Sheetz Convenience Restaurants started construction on a new distribution and production center in Burlington, NC. The 44-acre site will include a bakery, distribution and warehousing center.

Wright Foods will expand its food processing and packaging operation in Troy, NC. The company plans to create 505 new jobs and invest $53 million over the next five years at this site.

Zentis, a US and European fruit processing company, plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Idaho. This company expansion adds a 100,000-sq.-ft. plant with more than 100 million pounds of production capacity. It will be fully operational in the summer of 2014.

 Kraft Foods has invested $35 million to expand its 990,000-sq.-ft. production facility in Lehigh County, PA. The facility produces steak sauce and mustard.