Snack food maker Lance Inc. will expand its Columbus operations and add 70 new jobs, officials announced today.
The $10.5 million investment will add a new cracker line and boost candy bar production at the local plant. Those operations should begin by late fall.
In turn, Lance plans to hire 70 new workers, boosting its employee count to about 525. Available positions will include machine operators and supervisors. Officials did not disclose a pay range.
Blake Thompson, Lance senior vice president, said during the economic downturn, more people are staying home to eat - and turning to packaged snack foods like items they sell. The Charlotte, N.C.-based firm manufactures and markets crackers, cookies, nuts, potato chips and more through the U.S. and parts of North America.
“The food business is growing nicely right now,” Thompson said.
Thompson said they chose the Tenth Avenue facility over other Lance facilities because of the the plant's capability to handle increased operations, its location as a distribution site and the city's support for businesses.
Lance has facilites in North Carolina, Iowa, Georgia, Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Arkansas and Ontario, Canada.
Come back to www.ledger-enquirer.com for more on this story.