Governor Ivey announces JM Smucker Co. to build manufacturing plant in Alabama, creating up to 750 jobs in Birmingham
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey announced Thursday that JM Smucker Co. plans to build a new manufacturing plant and distribution center in Alabama to support production of Smucker’s® Uncrustables®, generating large-scale job creation in the Birmingham area.
With a total financial investment of $ 1.1 billion, the facility in the Jefferson County community of McCalla will be built in three phases, creating up to 750 jobs. The company said the investments and job creation will align with the completion of production milestones established for each phase of the project.
“Because JM Smucker Co. is one of America’s leading consumer packaged food companies, its decision to make a significant investment in Jefferson County represents a powerful endorsement of the welcoming business environment of the company. Alabama ‘ Governor Ivey said. “Not only will the company’s growth plan create a large number of jobs at McCalla, it will also allow us to build a long-standing relationship with a leading consumer brand. “
Construction of the facility is expected to begin no later than January 2022, with production starting in calendar year 2025.
“Our Smucker’s® Uncrustables® The brand continues to be one of the most dynamic in our portfolio and in the food industry in general. We are proud of the success of the brand, in large part due to the tremendous efforts of our employees, and we are delighted to take advantage of the opportunities and growth that our investments will allow ”, said Mark Smucker, President and CEO.
“We appreciate the support we have received from officials in the State of Alabama and Jefferson County, and we look forward to being a part of the greater Birmingham community,” he added.
Smucker’s new manufacturing facility at the JeffMet Industrial Complex will mark the third dedicated to Incrustable® sandwiches, as well as facilities in Scottsville, Kentucky and Longmont, Colorado.
Smucker said the continued demand for frozen hand-held sandwiches has driven the brand’s growth over time to approximately $ 500 million in annual net sales, demonstrating double-digit net sales growth over the past decade. .
This new facility, and a completed expansion at the Longmont location, will support the Company’s strategy to more than double its current production capacity. With this increased production capacity, the Company expects to increase the Smucker’s® Uncrustables® mark over the next five years at approximately $ 1 billion in annual net sales.
“Alabama hosts an impressive list of world-class business partners, and we are delighted to add The JM Smucker Co. to this lineup,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “Smucker’s products have long been a favorite in kitchens across America, and it’s good to know that the company’s popular Uncrustable sandwiches will be made right here in Alabama. “
Smucker said construction of the facility and production will take place in three phases over several years, creating up to 750 jobs. Financial investments and job creation will align with each of the three phases and will depend on the approval of tax and business incentives and the closing of the transaction for the purchase of the property where the facility will be located, the company added.
“Smucker’s is a household name, and we are proud that they have selected Jefferson County for their next manufacturing facility.” said Commissioner Steve Ammons, chairman of the Jefferson County Economic Development Committee. “It is important for us to recognize the previous Commission and their foresight to add more acreage to the Jeffmet Industrial Complex. The McCalla region is hot right now due to the availability of usable land, interstate access and the potential for productive growth. We are excited about the continued dynamic of job creation for the citizens of Jefferson County and the region as a whole.
Ron Kitchens, CEO of Birmingham Business Alliance, said it was one of the biggest economic development projects in Jefferson County’s recent history, both in terms of capital investment and jobs.
“It is a strategic decision for Smucker to take advantage of Birmingham’s strong distribution and logistics network, its central location in the South East and a site ready to go to seize an opportunity for one of its fastest growing brands. ” says Cuisines. “We are very happy to welcome them to Birmingham and Jefferson County and thank them for creating jobs in our community that will change lives for the better.”