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Herr Foods, Inc. Invests $31 Million in Jackson and Chillicothe, Ohio


Jackson, Ohio: May 15, 2024 – Herr Foods, Inc., a prominent player in the snack food industry, has announced a significant investment of $31 million in Southeast Ohio, fostering job creation and economic growth in the region. This collaborative endeavor, supported by JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE), the Jackson County Ohio Economic Development Partnership, and the Jackson Civic Improvement Corporation, will generate 125 new jobs across Jackson and Chillicothe, Ohio.

Headquartered in Nottingham, PA, Herr Foods, Inc. boasts a rich legacy spanning 78 years. Founded in Lancaster, PA, the family-owned and operated company has evolved into a powerhouse employing over 1,400 individuals. Producing a diverse range of 340+ snack products, Herr Foods’ offerings are distributed across all 50 states and beyond.

Ed Herr, Chairman and CEO of Herr Foods, expressed enthusiasm for the venture, stating, “We are thrilled to announce the investment in the new Jackson, Ohio facility as well as the Chillicothe, Ohio facility expansion project. This investment represents our commitment to serving our customers better and providing opportunities in the local community. We look forward to contributing to the growth and prosperity of the Jackson and Chillicothe areas.”

The investment plan entails the acquisition of the Jackson Industrial Rail Site, encompassing a warehouse on the eastern segment of the property. A total of $25 million will be channeled into the development of the Jackson facility, paving the way for the creation of 75 new jobs. Furthermore, $6 million will be allocated to augment the operations at the Chillicothe facility, generating an additional 50 job opportunities.

J.P. Nauseef, President and CEO of JobsOhio, commended Herr Foods’ decision to expand operations in Ohio, highlighting the state’s conducive business environment and skilled workforce. “With the addition of 125 new workers between Jackson and Chillicothe, Herr Foods will more than double the number of its associates here in Ohio, confirming its confidence in our talent and ongoing partnership,” he remarked.

OhioSE Vice President Katy Farber echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the positive impact of the investment on the region’s economic landscape. “The new jobs and investment tied to this project will work to further ensure the company’s long-term future in our region,” she stated.

Jackson County, already home to established food industry players such as General Mills and Bellisio Foods, stands to benefit significantly from Herr Foods’ entry into the market. The collaboration between Jackson County Economic Development Partnership, JobsOhio, OhioSE, and the Joint Economic Development Initiative of Southern Ohio (JEDISO) has facilitated the acquisition and redevelopment of the site, paving the way for enhanced employment opportunities and economic vitality.

Sam Brady, President and CEO of Jackson County Economic Development Partnership, expressed pride in welcoming Herr Foods to the community. “The entire team at Herr Foods has been phenomenal to work with from top to bottom. We are excited to see the new jobs and opportunities this new partnership brings to our community,” he remarked, underscoring the mutually beneficial nature of the collaboration.

Herr Foods, Inc.’s strategic investment underscores its commitment to innovation, community engagement, and sustained growth, signaling a promising chapter in Ohio’s economic trajectory.