Missouri is welcoming another food manufacturer to its thriving food solutions industry. Uncle Ray’s, a leading producer of chips and snacks, recently broke ground on a new manufacturing facility in Montgomery City, Missouri.
“We’re excited to join the Montgomery City family and we’re looking forward to the future,” said Lori Rader, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Uncle Ray’s.
The company plans to open the new manufacturing facility in about a year. The new operation is creating 40-50 jobs initially, with the capacity for nearly 200.
Brent Speight, President of the Greater Montgomery County Economic Development Council, said “We’re very excited because they’re bringing good jobs to our community. And it’s a project we’ve been working on for quite some time, so we’re very, very excited!”
The new, 94,000 sq. ft. building will be home to the latest technology in food manufacturing.
“You’re going to have continuous fryers. We’ll have a USDA line that will actually be inside. We’ll have everything from an optical eye that will help us sort chips so that as they’re coming off the production line they’ll look for any chip that might be too dark and then it will be taken out of the line,” said Rader. “So, we’re kind of excited about all of the technology that will be coming into this facility.”
“We’re very confident in what we’ve got in Montgomery City and the surrounding area. With the technology in the school system of Montgomery City and the surrounding counties, and then with our training, we’re confident that what we’re going to have will be enough to handle the day to day,” said Rader.
Montgomery City’s workforce isn’t the only perk of doing business in this Missouri community.
“We’re a great community to live in. We’re close to I-70. We’re approximately halfway between St. Louis and Columbia so it’s easy to get to us, but we’re not in the metropolitan areas of either town,” said Speight.
With so much to offer food manufacturers, Missouri is the ideal location for companies in this industry.