Nestlé USA to Bring Major Functions and 300 Jobs to Its Solon, Ohio Campus

SOLON, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#jobs–Nestlé USA, a subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., a leading global nutrition,
health and wellness company, today announced that it will move its
Technical & Production organization and all Supply Chain teams to its
multi-functional Solon, Ohio campus. This decision moves these critical
functions closer to Nestlé USA factories, 75% of which are located in
the eastern half of the U.S.

Nestlé USA Chairman and CEO Paul Grimwood explained: “We’re experiencing
one of the most profound shifts in how people eat, shop and engage with
brands right now. To address the ever-changing landscape, we’re striving
to make our products healthier and tastier, using unmatched R&D
capability, nutrition science and passion for quality in everything we
do. The moves announced today are designed to allow us to work even
smarter, fueling growth for our bright future, and we’re pleased to
continue that growth and investment here in Ohio and in Solon, where
both Governor John Kasich and Mayor Susan Drucker have welcomed our
efforts.” Nestlé worked closely with JobsOhio, Team NEO and the City of
Solon to facilitate its continued growth in Ohio.

While the 60-acre Solon campus has been established as the Center of
Excellence for the Nestlé frozen and chilled foods businesses, Solon
also serves as home to a number of other Nestlé businesses and
functions, providing employment to more than 2,000 people. The campus is
located near the intersection of Harper and Bainbridge Roads in Solon, a
suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. The Harper Road Building, which opened in
1969, is undergoing a complete renovation to meet the needs of the
incoming functional groups and will adopt the Nestlé Global Workplace
Standard, already in place in Nestlé offices in Milan, Copenhagen, and
Warsaw. The local offices of Westlake Reed Leskosky, now part of the DLR
Group, have worked with Nestlé to thoughtfully plan this new workspace,
with construction to be completed this spring. The “smart office” will
feature open-space workstations with natural lighting, and informal as
well as formal meeting spaces designed to foster enhanced communication
and collaboration. This office building is adjacent to the Nestlé
production facility where frozen meals are made by more than 850
employees, one of four similar facilities strategically placed across
the U.S. to allow swift delivery to retail customers.

The company also manages a number of well-known brands at this location.
They include Stouffer’s® and Lean Cuisine® freshly made, simply frozen
meals, whose roots are in Cleveland. The Stouffer’s brand traces its
history to 1922 when the Stouffer family entered the restaurant
business. When patrons in the 1950s began requesting menu items from the
suburban Shaker Square restaurant be frozen to “take home,” the Stouffer
family found themselves in the frozen food business! In 1968, the Solon
production facility was built and in 1973, Nestlé S.A. acquired the
business. Later, in 1981, with the aid of Nestlé and its abundant
experience and nutrition resources, Lean Cuisine was launched. Built on
a commitment to quality, both of these brands remain leaders in their
categories today.

Additional brands managed from Solon include Buitoni® refrigerated
pastas and sauces; DiGiorno®, California Pizza Kitchen®, Tombstone®, and
Jack’s® frozen pizzas – which arrived on the campus in 2014 from
Chicago; Hot Pockets® and Lean Pockets® sandwiches, which moved from
Denver in 2012; and Nestlé® Toll House® morsels, baking ingredients,
refrigerated and frozen cookie dough, and baking kits; Libby’s® 100%
pure pumpkin and Nestlé® Carnation® milks (evaporated, sweetened
condensed and nonfat dry), which all came to the campus in the early

Also operating in Solon are Nestlé Professional, committed to providing
creative food and beverage solutions to its foodservice customers;
Nestlé Business Services; and the Nestlé Development Center on Cannon
Road, a $50 million investment completed in 2015 that established a
global center to transform the way the world enjoys frozen and chilled
foods. Soon to be at capacity, Nestlé also recently acquired real estate
adjacent to its holdings in Solon, as it plans for the future.

Nestlé employs nearly 3,600 in Ohio, in several locations. In Dublin,
the company recently completed a $31 million investment in its Nestlé
Quality Assurance Center, the largest and most sophisticated testing
facility in the Nestlé network and possibly the world. More than 220
chemists, microbiologists, food scientists, quality specialists and
support staff offer specialized laboratory services, factory hygiene and
food safety systems around the clock to Nestlé production facilities
throughout the Americas.

In nearby Marysville, Nestlé operates its Product Technology Center
specializing in ready-to-drink beverage development, premium coffee and
tea. Over 250 employees are based at this location, providing expertise
in beverage science, packaging and technology.

Nestlé in the United States is committed to enhancing quality of life
and contributing to a healthier future – for individuals and families,
for our thriving and resilient communities, and for the planet. Its
diverse portfolio of foods and beverages provides nutritious options for
every member of the family, and supports both the first 1,000 days of
life and healthy aging for people and pets. Nestlé in the U.S. consists
of eight main businesses: Nestlé USA, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company,
Nestlé Waters North America, Nestlé Nutrition, Nestlé Professional,
Nespresso, Nestlé Skin Health and Nestlé Health Science. Together, these
companies operate in more than 120 locations in 47 states and employ
over 51,000 people. In the U.S., Nestlé product sales topped $26 billion
in 2015, making it the largest Nestlé market in the world.

Nestlé has been recognized as a member of the MIT Technology Review’s
“Smartest Companies,” the top food company on Fortune’s “Change
the World” List, and the top food company on the Dow Jones
Sustainability Index.

About Nestlé USA

Named one of “The World’s Most Admired Food Companies” in Fortune
magazine for nineteen consecutive years, Nestlé provides quality brands
that bring flavor to life every day. From nutritious meals with LEAN
CUISINE® to baking traditions with NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®, Nestlé USA makes
delicious, convenient, and nutritious food and beverage products that
make good living possible. That’s what “Nestlé. Good Food, Good Life” is
all about. Well-known Nestlé USA brands include: NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®,
POCKETS® and LEAN POCKETS® brand sandwiches, NESCAFÉ® and NESCAFÉ
NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER® and DIGIORNO®. Nestlé USA, with 2015 sales of $9.7
billion, is part of Nestlé S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the world’s
largest food company with a commitment to Nutrition, Health & Wellness —
with 2015 sales of $92 billion. For product news and information, visit or


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