Unique Scratch-Made Frozen Food Manufacturer to add 97 new jobs
Fast-growing Arlington Valley Farms plans to launch several innovative, “ready-to-eat” frozen/packaged food brands at its Hudson production facility. The company expects to invest $4.9 million in capital equipment and create 97 new jobs.
CEO Pete Jacobson shared “we are extremely grateful to the city of Hudson, Summit County, JobsOhio and Team NEO for their partnership in our expansion and their financial support. Our vision is North America, but our foundation is centered upon our Arlington Valley Farms employee family, our city, county and state, and to our many partners who help us feed the world the way we feed our own families.”
Arlington Valley Farm’s unique approach incorporates complete scratch cooking with high-volume bakery production. The company’s Snack’n Waffles product line and patented S’wiches Crafted Sandwiches line of hand-held, ready-to-eat, toasted sandwiches are quite popular with consumers. Sales of the convenience foods have been strong as the company introduces the products to target markets.
The economic development team supporting Arlington Valley Farms’ expansion includes the city of Hudson, Summit County, JobsOhio and Team NEO.
“The city of Hudson is thrilled that Arlington Valley Farms has elected to call Hudson home,” said Jim Stifler, Chief Economic Officer for the city of Hudson. “The company’s leaders are food industry veterans with a great record of innovation. They have made wonderful use of a strategic space in our city and their early growth trajectory is extremely promising.”
“Summit County is excited to support the growth of Arlington Valley Farms in Hudson,” added Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro. “Through our public workforce system’s On-the-Job Training program funding and targeted job seeker recruiting, we are committed to helping this thriving business add good-paying jobs at a time when they are desperately needed. We will continue to work with Team NEO, JobsOhio and other local partners to support our businesses and create job opportunities for our residents.”
Food manufacturing is a thriving cluster in Northeast Ohio, with more than 370 food processing and manufacturing establishments supplying food and beverages to consumers worldwide.
“Along with our local partners and JobsOhio, we welcome Arlington Valley Farms’ rapid growth and positive impact in Hudson, and remain committed to supporting its long-term success,” said Team NEO CEO Bill Koehler. “We’re confident that Northeast Ohio’s robust, trained talent pool of food manufacturing and production workers, as well as its access to raw materials and suppliers, will help the company prosper.”
About Arlington Valley Farms
Based in Hudson, Ohio, Arlington Valley Farms’ unique approach combines scratch cooking with high volume bakery production. Rooted in a strong connection to farms and the source of our premium ingredients, “AVF” produces nearly everything it makes, from BBQ sauce to chicken pepperoni to apple filling, from raw premium ingredients. We combine this dedication to scratch cooking to produce 3 super-innovative, super-delicious, individually wrapped, grab-n-go, premium frozen food product lines. We are a family centric team-based company dedicated to our employees, our customers, to making the world a bit better each day, and to making the best-in-class products in our categories. www.arlingtonvalleyfarms.com
About Team NEO
Team NEO is a private, nonprofit economic development organization accelerating business growth and job creation throughout the 18 counties of Northeast Ohio. As the designated JobsOhio Network Partner, we align and amplify local economic development efforts in Northeast Ohio’s 18-county region; we conduct research and data analysis to inform local conversations and influence solutions; we market Northeast Ohio as a region; and we work to increase access to jobs, education and training for the region’s 4.3 million people. For more information, visit teamneo.org.
JobsOhio is a private nonprofit economic development corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion. The organization also works to seed talent production in its targeted industries and to attract talent to Ohio though Find Your Ohio. JobsOhio works with six regional partners across Ohio: Dayton Development Coalition, Ohio Southeast Economic Development, One Columbus, REDI Cincinnati, Regional Growth Partnership and Team NEO. Learn more at www.jobsohio.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.