Nestlé USA is relocating its Pizza Division to Solon, Ohio
. Nestlé Pizza is The Nestlé Pizza Division brands were acquired from Kraft Foods in 2010 for $3.7 billion.
“By moving Nestlé Pizza to Ohio, we’ll bring together terrific brands and powerful businesses that will create many more talent development opportunities for our Nestlé employees,” said Nestlé USA Chairman and CEO Paul Grimwood. “The decision also allows us to better manage our costs and to improve our efficiencies by operating as One Nestlé with our retailers.”
Nestlé Pizza will join other Nestlé USA businesses in Solon, Ohio, which include Nestlé Prepared Foods. Together, Nestlé’s pizza, prepared foods and baking businesses employ approximately 8,800 people in ten manufacturing locations across the U.S.
The relocated Pizza business will also benefit from close proximity to the expanding R&D facilities in Solon, Ohio. In June, Nestlé announced its $53 million investment to build a Product Technology Center dedicated to frozen and chilled foods research. The new facility is now under construction and will be operationalin early 2015.
“We’re extremely grateful for the support we’ve received from Ohio Governor John R. Kasich
as well as the assistance provided by the JobsOhio
organization,” Grimwood added. “The JobsOhio team was very helpful in gathering the information we required to make the decision to move this business to Ohio. We also appreciate the support from the City of Solon led by Mayor Susan Drucker, who recognizes how important it is to secure good jobs for the community. The moves we’re making along with the growth we expect to achieve will add approximately 250 Nestlé jobs to the state of Ohio, where we already employ nearly 2,500 great employees.”
“Nestlé spent months determining the best place in the country to locate its pizza division,” said Joe Roman, CEO and President of the Greater Cleveland Partnership
. “It was a very competitive process between potential locations. Obviously, we’re thrilled the decision is Cuyahoga County and we look forward to supporting Nestlé operations in the future.”
“We are delighted to welcome Nestlé Pizza to the growing number of internationally recognized companies that see the advantages of doing business in Northeast Ohio,” said Tom Waltermire, CEO, Team Northeast Ohio. “Team NEO, along with the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the city of Solon, Cuyahoga County and leaders from the business community worked together to showcase all we have to offer for Nestlé and its employees.
“Ohio’s world class research and technology expertise, food product knowledge, and related manufacturing capabilities are uniquely helping Nestlé and other global companies find success,” said John Minor, JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer. “With our partners Team NEO and the City of Solon, we are excited about Nestlé’s commitment and value the opportunity to be a part of the company’s growth here in Ohio.”