Owens Foods officials and local dignitaries broke ground on an expansion project at the company's plant that will double its square footage and add as many as 120 employees. Shown left to right are Kurt Smith, Lincoln Construction president; County Judge Cletis Millsap; Chamber of Commerce President Meredith Caddell; Owens Vice President Phil Chapman; Owens VP R. Earl Beery; Mayor Oscar Aguilar; Owens President Mike Townsley; EDC board President Carl Bryan; Donna Wallace, Memorial Hospital chief operating officer; and Jason Krupala, manager of the Owens Foods plant in Sulphur Springs.

Owens Foods expansion plans make it a hot commodity

Company breaks ground on 50,000 square foot expansion; plant will add cooking lines and up to 120 jobs

From Staff Reports

June 23, 2008 - Dozens of dignitaries were on hand this morning as officials with Owens Foods turned the first shovels of dirt on a 50,000 square foot expansion at the company's Sulphur Springs plant.

Owens Foods President Mike Townsley said the expansion project represents a $16 million investment in the local facility and city.

Once completed, the plant will hire an additional 60 employees -- Owens Foods already has about 105 people on its Sulphur Springs payroll -- and once production hits full speed, the company expects to put another 60 people to work on the production line making one of the country's most popular lines of convenience breakfast foods

The expansion will als o make the company's Sulphur Springs plant an important player in its distribution schedule. All products in the Owens Foods catalog will be produced here (the expansion adds two cooking lines to produce breakfast

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