Canada-based Leclerc Foods USA, a North American leader in the cookies, snack bars and crackers industry, acquired a 166,500-square-foot building in the Freeport Business Center for expansion of its food manufacturing operations in Phoenix, Arizona
. The firm’s investment of nearly $50 million during the next three to five year period is expected to generate up to 100 new jobs.
"This acquisition fits our business vision and corporate development strategy. It will allow us to position ourselves near our U.S. clients as well as hone in on food trends in the U.S. West Coast," asserts Denis Leclerc, President of Leclerc Foods USA.
Among other features, the company's sixth plant will be equipped with a brand new production line for nutritional bars and is designed to offer consumers a full selection of organic and GMO-free products—allowing Leclerc Foods USA to accelerate their development while building on its reputation as an innovator, the company said.
This acquisition represents growth potential that will enable Leclerc Foods USA to set up strategic locations in order to more easily serve markets such as the U.S. West Coast, Mexico and South America. "Not only are we increasing our production capacity, but we will also achieve substantial savings on transportation costs by being closer to key markets," explains Denis Leclerc.
"We are committed to providing a great environment for business and business expansion in Phoenix," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. "We are proud to welcome our Canadian friends at Leclerc Foods who have chosen our city to expand their manufacturing operations."
"We are thrilled that Leclerc Foods selected Phoenix for expansion and we thank them for investing in Arizona," said Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority. "Our strategic Southwest location, proximity to key regional growth markets, and competitive cost of doing business continue to be a magnet for global companies, and we are pleased to welcome Leclerc to Arizona.
"We're excited to welcome Leclerc Foods to the Greater Phoenix region," said Barry Broome, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. "More and more Canadian companies are looking to the market to serve as their southwestern location for commerce and trade. Greater Phoenix boasts an attractive business climate, access to vast consumer markets and a depth in the technical labor pool."