ST. ELMO — Gov. Pat Quinn announced that Pinnacle Foods Inc., a leading grocery manufacturer, will expand its plant in Fayette County and double its workforce in the first half of 2015. The company plans to add about 90 jobs at the location, where it will spend more than $40 million to buy equipment and make other improvements to bring the production of its salad dressings in-house.
“This decision by Pinnacle is a tremendous show of support for Fayette County and Illinois,” Quinn said. “The company understands that being in Illinois makes all the difference in its business plan. Pinnacle can tap into our state’s qualified labor force, unparalleled expertise in manufacturing, and location at the center of North American commerce.”
The St. Elmo plant employs 85 people and manufactures Pinnacle’s Mrs. Butterworth’s and Log Cabin syrup brands and Open Pit barbecue sauces. With the expansion, it will add the Wish-Bone and Western salad dressing labels, both acquired from Unilever in Oct. 2013. Pinnacle identified St. Elmo as the best location for the integration, given its geographic location and proven expertise in liquid filling and processing.