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J.M. Smucker Establishes McCalla, Alabama, Uncrustables Plant

J.M. Smucker plans to build a manufacturing facility and distribution center at JeffMet Industrial Complex in McCalla, Alabama. The $1.1 billion project is expected to create 750 jobs.

The new facility will support production of Smucker’s Uncrustables. Construction will be in three phases and is expected to begin no later than January 2022, with production commencing in 2025.

“Our Smucker’s Uncrustables brand continues to be one of the fastest growing in our portfolio and in the food sector more broadly. We are proud of the success the brand has achieved, due in no small part to the tremendous efforts of our employees, and we’re excited to take advantage of the opportunities and growth our investments will enable,” said Mark Smucker, president and CEO.

This new facility, and a completed expansion at the Longmont location, will support the company’s strategy to more than double its current production capacity. With this increased production capacity, the company expects to grow the Uncrustables brand over the next five years to approximately $1 billion in annual net sales.

“Because The J.M Smucker Co. is one of America’s leading consumer packaged goods companies in the food sector, its decision to make a significant investment in Jefferson County represents a powerful endorsement of Alabama’s inviting business environment,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “Not only will the company’s growth project create a large number of jobs in McCalla, but it will also permit us to build a long-standing relationship with a top consumer brand.”

Financial investments and job creation will align with each of the three phases and are contingent on the approval of tax and business incentives and the closing of the transaction to purchase the property where the facility will be located, the company added.

“Alabama plays host to an impressive roster of world-class corporate partners, and we are excited to add The J.M. Smucker Co. to this lineup,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “Smucker’s products have long been a favorite in kitchens across America, and it’s great to know that the company’s popular Uncrustable sandwiches will be made right here in Alabama.”

Smucker’s new manufacturing facility will mark the third dedicated to Uncrustables sandwiches, along with facilities in Scottsville, Kentucky, and Longmont, Colorado. The company said the continued demand for the frozen handheld sandwiches has driven the brand’s growth over time to approximately $500 million in annual net sales, demonstrating double-digit net sales growth annually over the past decade.

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