Nellson, the leading full-service nutrition bar and powder provider in North America, will replace its aging production plant in Irwindale with a new $40-to-$50 million facility nearby in Ontario, California.
Jamie Better, Nellson’s CEO, stated, “Our leadership team has been evaluating options for transforming our Irwindale facility into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to better serve the rapidly evolving needs of our customers. After months of review, we concluded this goal can be better accomplished by building an entirely new facility, rather than retrofitting the current location. In selecting the Ontario site, it was critically important to us that the new facility be within a short drive from the existing location as we want to retain our experienced workforce and all their bar-making expertise. Our goal is to have the new facility fully operational by the first quarter of 2018.”
According to company officials, the decision to seek a new location was driven by Nellson’s commitment to provide its customers with unmatched R&D expertise and the latest process and manufacturing innovations for nutrition bars, as well as a world-class environment for its employees. The new facility will encompass facility of approximately 300,000 square feet with increased capacity and expansion space to support future growth along with a state-of-the-art R&D lab.
The plant will include segregated production lines which provide brand confidentiality, maximum allergen control, food safety, and efficient sanitation, as well as flexible scheduling.
In addition the production center will feature additional process capabilities for new product formats and shapes, along with new packaging capabilities to support on-trend consumer demands.
Better added, “The decision to build a new site represents the next step in our aggressive transformation of Nellson under Kohlberg & Company’s ownership. In Montreal, we have best-in-class bar making capabilities in the former MultiBar facility and our Lachine facility, where we recently invested over $15 million to expand capacity and upgrade our operations; we also just completed a $10 million upgrade and expansion of our Anaheim powder plant. These investments reflect our determination to be the co-manufacturing partner of choice for the leading brands in the nutritional bar and functional powder marketplace.”