DOWNERS GROVE, IL – September 28, 2016, Hearthside Food Solutions (“Hearthside”) today announced their Boise Idaho nutritional bar facility had commenced production, bringing new US bar capacity and additional jobs to the Boise market. Hearthside now operates nine bar plants in the US and Europe.
This bar production facility, idled shortly before being acquired by Hearthside in late 2015, enables the company to add immediate US capacity to its growing bar network. Hearthside moved swiftly to rehire local plant leadership, retrofit, upgrade and restart the reconfigured plant. With an experienced team in place, the timetable was accelerated, enabling the plant to begin production ahead of schedule.
Line #01 of this multi-line facility began production this week. The 185,000 sq. ft. plant, located at 7031 S. Eisenman Road, Boise Idaho, will employ approximately 168 when it reaches full production.
At the time of this acquisition, Hearthside also acquired VSI, the largest nutritional bar producer in Europe. In addition to capacity, the VSI acquisition brought additional R&D, formulation, and food science capabilities. The Boise facility enables the company to better leverage VSI expertise in the North American market.
“This commencement validates our forward-looking investments in strategic contract manufacturing resources, providing customers with increased options and greater supply chain value,” said Rich Scalise, Hearthside Chairman and CEO. “We will continue to invest and expand our world-class manufacturing network to meet the demands of premier food companies.”
Hearthside Food Solutions, based in Downers Grove IL is the industry’s largest independent bar producer and largest contract manufacturer, producing bars and other foods for leading companies.
“This facility enables continued growth; adding new customers in the rapidly growing nutritional, sport, and breakfast bar markets,” said Dwayne Hughes, SVP supply chain. “Boise is a strong, business-friendly market with a skilled workforce, outstanding infrastructure and easy access to the rest of the nation. We are proud to be part of the Boise community.”
Hearthside Food Solutions, headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, is the largest independent baker in the U.S. and a full-service contract manufacturer of high quality, grain-based food, snack products and packaging for some of the world’s leading premier brands. Hearthside operates 24 production facilities in the US and Europe.