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Snack Pie Manufacturer JTM Foods Cuts Ribbon on New Wichita Plant

Sept. 7, 2023
Maker of JJ’s Snack Pies expects new Kansas facility to produce 400 million snack pies or more once it reaches full capacity.

Erie, Pa.-based snack pie manufacturer JTM Foods has opened its brand new processing plant in Wichita, Kan., according to news reports on the ribbon-cutting ceremony held last week. The owner of the JJ’s Snack Pies brand broke ground on the facility in 2022, and expects the facility to grow to employ up to 200 people by 2026.

The plant was built on blighted land in an industrial district created near Interstate 135 and 21st Street. When the expansion was announced by JTM and its financial partner Tenex Capital Management in 2022, the company anticipated investing $40 million to get the plant up and running. It is the first facility for the Erie processor outside the state of Pennsylvania.

Monty Pooley, president and CEO for JTM Foods, told another local news outlet that one processing line at the new Wichita facility could produce about 80 million pies per year, and that the expectation was that the Wichita plant would eventually match or exceed the 400 million pies that the company’s Erie facility manufactures every year.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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