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A Fayetteville company on Tuesday celebrated the completion of a new frozen foods warehouse, enabling the the company to operate more efficiently in Northwest Arkansas.

Representatives of Pinnacle Foods Inc., a consumer packaged foods company with a rich history of conducting business in Fayetteville, was joined by representatives of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce for the grand opening of its 164,000-square-foot warehouse connected directly to its manufacturing building. The company is located near 15th Street and Razorback Road.

Fayetteville is the company’s frozen meal hub, producing products such as EVOL and Hungry-Man as well as Swanson pot pies for Canadian distribution and other frozen products.

“As one of the largest employers in Fayetteville, we’re proud to add nearly 30 more jobs at our facility,” said Gabriel Ochoa, plant manager.

Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan said, “Pinnacle has a long history of creating and maintaining hundreds of jobs in our community. In addition, this project is good for the environment and our economy. We appreciate Pinnacle Foods for being Fayetteville’s business partner.”

“The location of the warehouse by the plant eliminates additional handling and transportation costs to move finished goods to off-site locations,” said Chad Whyte, vice president of logistics and warehousing for Pinnacle Foods. “This will eliminate more than 130,000 miles of tractor-trailer traffic from Interstate 49.”

“We are excited that Pinnacle Foods has chosen to expand in Washington County,” said Mike Preston, director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. “Whether it’s a filling Hungry-Man meal or a nutritious EVOL bowl, Pinnacle Foods is putting dinner on the American table, and Arkansas is proud to be a part of that.”

Pictured at the top: Steve Clark of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce looks on as Mike Preston, the director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, talks about the Pinnacle Foods’ decision to expand in Fayetteville. The new warehouse on the Pinnacle site in Fayetteville will reduce the number of trucks making trips to store frozen food products at more distant Northwest Arkansas locations.

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