Nestlé announced that it has reached a conditional agreement with Conagra Brands, which will support the manufacturing of Chef-mate products in Trenton, Missouri. The company expects to add approximately 135 to 150 new employees at the plant.
Under this agreement, Nestlé will purchase from Conagra Brands the proprietary cooked-before-canning (CBC) line along with the factory building. The purchase of these assets will allow Nestlé to implement a focused and lean operation in Trenton. Nestlé will also manufacture certain products for Conagra Brands.
“Nestlé plans to start an open hiring process in March,” said John Petro, director of Nestlé Professional human resources. “This means that anyone interested can apply, including all current factory employees and we will follow the same hiring policies we employ in all Nestlé locations.”
Nestlé is committed to the Chef-mate brand and the proprietary cooked-before-canning process. This unique process was invented in Trenton, Missouri in 1964 to address the specific needs of the out-of-home industry.
“This announcement by Nestlé could not have come at a better time for the economic future of our community,” said Trenton Mayor Nick McHargue. “I’m very excited this will happen and improve the business climate of Trenton and the region. This will help improve the quality of life for all of our citizens.”
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