Company Name: Walnut Creek Foods
Industry Sector: Food and Agribusiness
Company Profile: Walnut Creek Foods has two retail stores located in Walnut Creek and Berlin, which annually serve over one million people. The company’s wholesale operations deliver in 12 states, serving over 2,000 customers. All of this is possible because of the 350 associates at Walnut Creek Foods and Cheese.
Company Website: www.walnutcreekfoods.com
- Type of Project: Expansion
- Jobs committed: 13
- Jobs retained: 280
- Capital Investment: $1.7 million
- Timetable: Walnut Creek Foods plans to start construction on the building addition during the summer with the goal to have it completed by the end of the year.
Walnut Creek Foods experienced growth since its founding in the 1970s. The company acquired local manufacturing businesses and added to its own manufacturing and distribution network in recent years. Walnut Creek Foods sought to position itself to continue to support out-of-state business.
“We operate in the food industry, but we’re really in the people business, and our growth comes from the dedication of our team members and customers. The focus of our growth plan, both organic and through acquisitions, has been to make life better for our customers.” – Julian Coblentz, chief operating officer, Walnut Creek Foods
Walnut Creek Foods will invest in a new 17,000 sq. ft. building addition at its Holmes County manufacturing and distribution site.
Ohio’s food and agribusiness industry boasts hundreds of companies that have a role in producing foods and drinks enjoyed by consumers around the world. Ohio’s central location and multiple transportation options offer efficient, cost-effective ways to obtain raw materials, produce goods and deliver food to market.
The teams of JobsOhio and Ohio Southeast Economic Development worked closely with Walnut Creek Foods representatives on the project, which will receive a JobsOhio Economic Development Grant to assist with building construction costs.
Ohio Southeast Economic Development, JobsOhio, and Holmes County Economic Development Council