COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Bob Evans Farms (Nasdaq: BOBE) and its subsidiary, Owens Country Sausage, have
purchased a food production plant in Sulphur Springs, Texas, which will allow
for an expansion of the company's production of convenience foods. The
52,777-square-foot facility will serve as the sandwich assembly plant for the
company. The plant represents a $4 million investment for the company.
Bob Evans and Owens' popular SnackWiches line of convenience sandwiches
for retail, foodservice and convenience store use, will be assembled at the
new Owens Country Sausage plant in Sulphur Springs. Items produced at the
plant will be shipped throughout the Owens and Bob Evans 30-state distribution
Major renovations and upgrades of the four-year-old facility, including
expansion of the freezer and refrigeration capacity and changing the product
flow, are expected to be complete by Jan. 1, 2004. A total of 60 employees
are expected to be employed at the new Owens plant, with some transferred from
elsewhere in the company. The facility is expected to employ 100 within its
first two years of operation. Information regarding job opportunities at the
plant are available at www.owensinc.com .
"This is our first Owens plant located outside the Dallas/Fort Worth area
and it represents significant growth opportunities for our company," said Bob
Evans Farms Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Stewart Owens.
It is 70 miles from the original Owens plant in Richardson, Texas. "This
purchase fits well into our long-range plan and represents our commitment to
continuing the growth we've seen in our convenience food items."
Located in the northwest area of Sulphur Springs just off Interstate 30,
the plant was purchased from Kozy Shack Enterprises, a family-owned dessert
manufacturer based in New York.
Items which will be shipped from the plant include Bob Evans and Owens
SnackWiches line of sausage biscuits; sausage, egg & cheese biscuits; sausage
cheeseburgers and bacon, egg & cheese biscuits. These items are currently
produced in the company's Richardson, Texas, plant.
In addition its food production plant in Texas, Bob Evans Farms operates
production plants in Bidwell, Springfield and Xenia, Ohio; Hillsdale, Mich.;
and Galva, Ill.
Owens Country Sausage is a subsidiary of Bob Evans Farms Inc. The company
is a leading producer and distributor of pork sausage and other homestyle
convenience food items under the Bob Evans and Owens brand names, which are
available in 30 states. Bob Evans also owns and operates 522 full-service,
family restaurants in 22 states primarily located in the Midwest, mid-Atlantic
and Southeast regions of the United States, while Owens Restaurants operate in
Texas. For more information about Bob Evans Farms Inc., visit the company's
Web site at www.bobevans.com .
SOURCE Bob Evans Farms, Inc.