Solon will be the home new for Nestle's lucrative frozen pizza brands.
SOLON -- Nestle has announced that the company is relocating its Nestle Pizza Division from Northbrook, Illinois to Solon.
Nestle Pizza makes some of the most popular brands of frozen pizza including Digiorno, California Pizza Kitchen and Tombstone.
The pizza brands were acquired from Kraft in 2010 in a deal worth $3.7 billion.
"By moving Nestle Pizza to Ohio, we'll bring together terrific brands and powerful businesses that will create many more talent development opportunities for our Nestle employees," said Nestle USA Chairman & CEO Paul Grimwood. "The decision also allows us to better manage our costs and to improve our efficiencies by operating as One Nestle with our retailers."
Nestle Pizza will join other Nestle USA businesses in Solon.
Together, Nestle's pizza, prepared foods and baking businesses employ approximately 8,800 people in ten manufacturing locations across the U.S.
The relocated Pizza business will also benefit from close proximity to the expanding R&D facilities in Solon.
"We're extremely grateful for the support we've received from Ohio Governor John R. Kasich as well as the assistance provided by the JobsOhio organization," Grimwood added. "The JobsOhio team was very helpful in gathering the information we required to make the decision to move this business to Ohio. We also appreciate the support from the City of Solon led by Mayor Susan Drucker, who recognizes how important it is to secure good jobs for the community. The moves we're making along with the growth we expect to achieve will add approximately 250 Nestle jobs to the state of Ohio, where we already employ nearly 2,500 great employees."
Ohio Governor John Kasich weighed in on the move with the following statement:
"When one of the world's largest companies chooses Ohio as its new destination for an entire business division, I think that sends a strong message about the work we're doing to make our state a better place for job creators. Our results-focused economic development team at JobsOhio and a more business-friendly environment is proving to be a winning formula for job creation."