General Mills invests $100 million in Wellston plant

General Mills, a leading global food company and one of Southeast Ohio’s largest employers, announced a new project Monday in partnership with JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE), Ohio Department of Development and the Jackson County Economic Development Partnership (JCEDP) which is expanding into Wellston, creating 30 new jobs.

General Mills’ Wellston manufacturing plant is one of the company’s largest facilities and produces Totino’s pizzas and pizza rolls. The company announced a $100 million investment to expand its operations in Wellston. The increased capacity would bring total employment at the Wellston facility to more than 1,000 full-time employees.

“General Mills has been a cornerstone of this community for more than 35 years and our employees take great pride in making food the world loves,” said Stephanie Weaver, General Mills plant manager in Wellston. “We are excited to grow our business and our employee base in Southeast Ohio and having strong local, regional and state partners has been instrumental in our success.”

Totino’s was born in 1951 as a family-run pizzeria in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Today, it has grown to over 300 million festive pizzas every year for pizza lovers across the country.

“As one of the most recognized food brands in the world, General Mills continues to grow and thrive in Ohio,” said JP Nauseef, President and CEO of JobsOhio. “The expansion of Totino’s plant in Wellston and the addition of 30 new jobs for hard-working Ohioans demonstrates the continued success that global companies can establish in Ohio.”

The expansion is supported by a tax credit from the Ohio Department of Development and a $400,000 JobsOhio grant, in conjunction with OhioSE, for construction, machinery and equipment costs.

“This is a tremendous victory for Jackson County,” said OhioSE President Mike Jacoby. “General Mills’ investment in Wellston is another success story on the benefits of doing business in Southern Ohio. The growth associated with this project will contribute to the sustainability of this plant and of the agri-food industry in our region.

General Mills is one of many food manufacturers that call Jackson County home. The county’s food manufacturing workforce is over 2,500 people and the county has approximately 3% of the nation’s frozen food workforce. Southeast Ohio’s connectivity makes it possible to efficiently source raw materials and ship finished goods nationwide with reliable rail service and convenient Interstate highway access.

“General Mills’ continued investment in Jackson County is a testament to the successful partnership we have forged together,” said Sam Brady, president of the Jackson County Economic Development Partnership. “The progress made by our local leaders, particularly in the City of Wellston, to ensure the proper infrastructure is in place to support General Mills’ operations is validated when the company commits to an investment as impactful as this one. They consider our community, JobsOhio and OhioSE as true partners and trust us for this project.

General Mills makes the food the world loves. The company is guided by its Accelerate strategy to drive shareholder value by boldly building its brands, relentlessly innovating, unleashing its scale and staying for good. Its portfolio of beloved brands includes household names such as Cheerios, Nature Valley, Blue Buffalo, Haagen-Daz, Old El Paso, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Annie’s, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki, and more. Minneapolis, Minnesota-based General Mills generated net sales of $19.0 billion in fiscal 2022. In addition, the company’s share of net sales from the unconsolidated joint venture amounted to $1.1 billion.

The Jackson County Economic Development Partnership (JCEDP) is the primary economic development agency for Jackson County, Ohio and its municipalities. Founded in 1989, JCEDP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit economic development organization that operates as a public-private partnership. JCEDP provides support to local government and incumbent private sector businesses in Jackson County with the goal of expanding, retaining and attracting new business investment. JCEDP is a founding member of the Joint Southern Ohio Economic Development Initiative (JEDISO) and is served by JobsOhio Network Partner of Southeastern Ohio Economic Development (OhioSE). Learn more at www.JacksonCountyOhio.com.

Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE) is the JobsOhio Network Partner for Southern, Eastern, and Southeast Ohio, providing economic development work and resources in 25 rural counties; they are the newest and geographically largest of the state’s six regions. OhioSE partners closely with regional development districts, local economic development offices, state agencies, and other entities to develop, retain, and attract businesses to the counties they serve. Learn more at OhioSE.com.

JobsOhio is a private, not-for-profit economic development corporation designed to stimulate job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent generation in its targeted industries and attract talent to Ohio through Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast Economic Development, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership, and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com. Follow JobsOhio on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.