Leclerc Foods USA, a large North American maker of cookies, snack bars and crackers has acquired a 166,500-square-foot building in the Freeport Business Center for expansion of its food manufacturing operations in Phoenix, Arizona.
“This acquisition fits our business vision and corporate development strategy. It will allow us to position ourselves near our U.S. clients as well as hone in on food trends in the U.S. West Coast,” asserts Denis Leclerc, President of Leclerc Foods USA.
The company’s sixth plant acquired on January 30, will be equipped with a brand new production line for nutritional bars and a full selection of organic and GMO-free products, which will allow Leclerc Foods USA to accelerate their growth.
The company says the acquisition represents growth potential that will enable Leclerc Foods USA to set up strategic locations in order to more easily serve markets such as the U.S. West Coast, Mexico and South America. “Not only are we increasing our production capacity, but we will also achieve substantial savings on transportation costs by being closer to key markets,” explains Denis Leclerc.
Resulting from an investment of nearly $50 million over a three to five year period, this latest addition to the U.S. footprint of Leclerc Foods USA will generate up to 100 new jobs.
“An established family-owned business like Leclerc Foods is a great fit for Phoenix,” said Councilman Michael Nowakowski, District 7, in whose district the manufacturing operation will be built. “Leclerc Foods is ready to create jobs and our city staff is ready to assist them in making that process as quick and easy as possible.”