EFFINGHAM, Ill., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Mills, Inc. marked the completion of a major upgrade of its recently acquired manufacturing facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony led by the company's Senior Vice President of Operations Mike Meredith. Meredith was joined by Effingham Mayor Merv Gillenwater, Effingham County Board Chairman Jim Niemann, leaders from the company's corporate headquarters, and the facility's 15 employees.
"This is an investment in Continental Mills and this community," said Meredith. "The upgrades and improvements we have made position us well for long-term growth. We're proud to keep these jobs here in Effingham and expect to add more in the future."
This year, Continental Mills has invested more than $2 million in the 190,000-square-foot facility, which produces dry mixes for baking. Improvements include upgrades to information technology systems, process controls and infrastructure. The renovated facility will have increased production capacity, and updated systems that will provide greater reliability and connect to the broader company systems.
The facility was acquired from Harlan Bakeries in December of 2013 with Continental Mills taking over operation on June 29, 2014. All 13 people previously employed by Harlan were retained by Continental Mills. Two people who were previously part-time contractors were brought on as full-time employees. This brings the total number of employees at the site to 15, with potential for further growth in the next year.
"The city of Effingham welcomes Continental Mills as a valued community partner," said Effingham Mayor Merv Gillenwater. "Their investment will help us grow our economy and strengthen our city. Today we see another great example of how Effingham is a great place to live and do business."
Continental Mills will finalize plans to phase in the production of various products from its portfolio over the next six to 12 months while continuing to work in partnership with Harlan to supply its customers. During this time, the company will evaluate new production opportunities at the plant with its increased capabilities.
About Continental Mills, Inc.
Continental Mills, Inc. is a privately held manufacturer and marketer of baking and beverage mixes, snacks and other high quality food products. Located in Tukwila, WA, the family-owned company has strong branded products sold under its Krusteaz®, WildRoots®, Kretschmer® Wheat Germ and Alpine® Cider lines as well as several licensed product extensions. Continental Mills' products are sold through retail, foodservice, and club store channels throughout the United States.
SOURCE Continental Mills, Inc.