Schwan’s Co. announced the completion of a 400,000-square-foot expansion of its pizza manufacturing facility in Salina, Kansas, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. The company said the new capacity is expected to support growth in global retail and foodservice channels, according to news reports.
Schwan’s was acquired in 2018 by South Korea food company CJ CheilJedang — and today, international sales recorded by Schwan’s account for more than 60 percent of the South Korean company’s global sales.
Schwan’s announced the Salina expansion in 2020, and it adds approximately 225 jobs and will allow the plant to produce 100 million pizzas a year.
Schwan’s has had a pizza production facility in Salina for more than 50 years. Since 1970, when Schwan’s acquired the Tony’s brand and the Salina plant, it has gone through more than 80 expansions and additions, taking it from just 18,000 square feet to nearly 1 million square feet today. Furthermore, Schwan’s announced in November its intention to more than double the size of the distribution center in Salina to accommodate more growth.