OAK BROOK, Ill., Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- TreeHouse Foods (NYSE: THS) announced today that it will hire an additional 140 permanent employees from ConAgra, doubling the previously planned Omaha employee base. In total, 9,500 employees, including more than 280 Omaha-based employees, are expected to transition to TreeHouse from ConAgra Private Brands upon the close of the sale in Q1 2016. TreeHouse is committed to retaining skilled employees familiar with the private label food business who will aid in facilitating a smooth integration of the combined company.
TreeHouse also announced today that it will open a new office facility in Omaha, Neb., later this year. Site selection is underway now with the exact office location still to be finalized. Key functions to support ConAgra Private Brands' customers will be housed in Omaha and will include Customer Service, Finance, Information Technology, Research & Development and Supply Chain.
"This will mark TreeHouse's first office location in Omaha and will allow us to have all of our new Omaha-based employees together in one building. We recognize that customer service and business infrastructure are critical to serve existing customers and to drive the success of the business," said Sam K. Reed, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TreeHouse Foods.
"Our transformational acquisition will establish an industry leader in customer brands and custom products with significant scale, scope and skill and will enable us to extend our reach in the grocery store by over 10 shelf stable and refrigerated food categories. Importantly, the combination will also strengthen our ability to support our customers' efforts to build their corporate brands and offer consumers the best combination of choice and value. We're thrilled to welcome all of our new team members from ConAgra Private Brands to the TreeHouse family and look forward to learning from and working with our new colleagues when the transaction is complete," Mr. Reed continued.
TreeHouse Foods will continue to be headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill. Upon close, in addition to TreeHouse's current offices, the company will also maintain a strong presence in Downers Grove, Ill., and St. Louis, Mo., with approximately 150 and 240 employees based in these locations, respectively. The combined company will have more than 50 manufacturing facilities and more than 16,000 employees.
ABOUT TREEHOUSE FOODS
TreeHouse is a manufacturer of packaged foods and beverages with 24 manufacturing facilities across the United States and Canada that focuses primarily on private label products for both retail grocery and food away from home customers. We manufacture a variety of shelf stable, refrigerated and fresh products, including pickles, soups, snacks, salad dressings, sauces, dry dinners, hot cereals, single serve hot beverages and beverage enhancers. We have a comprehensive offering of packaging formats and flavor profiles, and we also offer natural, organic and preservative free ingredients in many categories. Our strategy is to be the leading supplier of private label food and beverage products by providing the best balance of quality and cost to our customers.
Additional information, including TreeHouse's most recent statements on Forms 10-Q and 10-K, may be found at TreeHouse's website, http://www.treehousefoods.com.
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