El Paso-based confectionery Mount Franklin Foods builds new plant nearby Juarez
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Mount Franklin Foods, an El Paso-based manufacturer of branded, contract and private label confectionery, nuts, snacks and foodservice products, unveiled plans to build a new production plant in Mexico.
In order to ensure continued success in meeting and exceeding production demand for the company's core products, Mount Franklin Foods has started construction of a new 220,000 square foot state-of-the-art candy manufacturing facility in San Jeronimo – a port of entry on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, across the U.S. border from Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
The company declined to reveal the amount of investment allocated for the plant’s construction and set up.
“We are pleased to announce the ground breaking of our new San Jeronimo facility which will increase our capacity by 130 million pounds annually,” said in a statement Gary Ricco, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Franklin Foods.
“This growth allows us to continue development of exciting new products for our customers and consumers,” the official added.
The new facility is being built to house additional mogul production for soft candy items, such as gummies and jellies. The factory, slated to open in May 2020, will bring more than 450 new jobs to the area.
“Expanding manufacturing capabilities allows us to maintain a competitive edge in the confectionary market,” Ricco adds. “This move positions us for continued growth and helps ensure we remain the trusted resource for quality candy and snack products.”