CJ Foods USA Inc., a U.S.-based affiliate of South Korean-based global lifestyle company CJ CheilJedang, plans to build a new 700,000–square-foot Asian food production facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The new facility, planned for Foundation Park, will result in more than 600 new full-time jobs by 2025 and include automated state-of-the-art food production lines, a warehouse and distribution center, shipping and receiving docks, and office space.
“This strategically important new investment represents an extremely exciting time for both CJ Foods and Schwan’s Company,” said Executive Chairman of CJCJ Food, Americas and Schwan’s Company CEO Dimitrios Smyrnios. “Adding this world-class Asian food plant in South Dakota will help us lead the fast-growing Asian food category in North America and achieve our long-term growth plans. Ultimately, this plant will meet the increasing needs of our retail and food-service customers by creating significant production capacity, fueling Asian food category growth, and enabling future innovation.”
All foods made at the production facility will be sold and distributed by CJ Foods and Schwan’s Company, a fellow U.S.-based affiliate of CJ Foods.
To help facilitate the project, company leaders from CJ Foods and Schwan’s Company worked with state and local public agencies including: Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Sioux Falls Development Foundation, and the City of Sioux Falls.
“South Dakota is open for business, and we’re excited for this tremendous investment in our state. The Sioux Falls community will benefit greatly from the new full-time jobs that this facility will provide,” said South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem. “I want to thank Dimitrios and everyone at CJ Foods and Schwan’s who worked with us to make this happen.”