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France-Based Baker Cérélia Chooses Whitehall, Ohio, for Manufacturing Center

Cérélia, a France-based baker of ready-made doughs and baked goods, plans to invest over $29 million to expand its operations in the Columbus Region with a new production facility in Whitehall, Ohio.

Cérélia will build a new 150,000-square-foot production facility in Whitehall to meet existing and future customer demand, with a groundbreaking scheduled for late June. The company’s investment will be used for the facility’s construction, machinery and equipment upgrades, additional production lines and employee training. First production at the new site will start in the first quarter of 2021, with 120 associates.

“The Columbus Region is an optimal location to strategically invest capital and successfully deliver on long-term revenue objectives,” said Cérélia’s COO, Claude Le Bourg. “This new facility will allow us to expand our resources and ultimately increase our market share in the U.S. and Canada.”

“We are thrilled that Cérélia selected Whitehall for its strategic expansion in the U.S.,” said City of Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard. “The company’s decision is a testament to the economic opportunity in our region for prospective businesses and talent alike.”

“Cérélia’s expansion will create 40 new food production jobs ranging from manufacturing and R&D to distribution, speaking to the diversity of talent in the Columbus Region,” said JobsOhio President and CEO J.P. Nauseef. “The company’s investment in a new advanced facility, the skilled talent that will contribute to its continued domestic growth, and the resiliency of Ohio’s businesses will all be important contributing factors to our economic rebound.”

Based in France, Cérélia entered the U.S. and Canadian market in 2017 through the acquisition of English Bay Batter with operations in Vancouver, Toronto and Columbus. Cérélia employs more than 1,600 workers in production facilities around the world, including France, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Canada and the U.S.

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