Storm clouds may have gathered over the Owens Country Sausage plant in Hopkins County today, but there’s nothing but blue skies ahead with the opening of a 50,000 square foot expansion that will add dozens of jobs to the company’s payroll in Sulphur Springs.
“The new lines here at our Sulphur Springs plant are scheduled to begin production next week, making fully cooked sausage and our popular breakfast tacos,” said Steve Davis, chief executive officer of Bob Evans Foods Inc., parent company of Owens. “And that’s just today — we planned the expansion with the future in mind, so that over the next five years we can continue to grow and add ne lines as necessary.
“And, of course, that means jobs,” Davis continued. “This expansion creates at least 60 new jobs for Hopkins County, and we look forward to creating more in the coming years.”
Almost one year ago — June 23, 2008, to be exact — Davis and other executives from the venerable food producer turned the first shovels of dirt on the project, which effectively doubled the size of the original 52,770 square foot plant. The expansion represented a $16 million investment in the local facility and the city.
The 60 new jobs brings the total number of employees to nearly 190. Production is scheduled to begin on June 15.
Bob Evans Foods President Mike Townsley praised civic leaders in Sulphur Springs for working with the corporation to make the venture a success, singling out the Economic Development Corporation board of directors, and Carl Bryan and executive director Roger Feagley, in particular.
“This project received tremendous support from our friends at the Sulphur Springs Economic Development Corporation,” Townsley told the crowd of about 100 local business and civic leaders gathered for the milestone event. “Carl Bryan and Roger Feagley were instrumental in helping us build the first portion of the plant in 2003, and they’ve played a critical role in making this expansion happen here today. Without their guidance and leadership, we wouldn’t be here. Hopkins County can be proud of the EDC for the work they do attracting businesses to the area.”
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