Business View City & Municipal | August 2022

9 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 3, ISSUE 7 BENESTAR BRANDS ANNOUNCES EXPANSION IN SCIOTO COUNTY, O B enestar Brands, an international food producer and the world’s leading producer of pork snacks, in collaboration with JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE), and Scioto County Economic Development, recently announced an investment of $2.5 million to expand their current operations in Scioto County. The new manufacturing and distribution facility will be located in the SOAR Business Park, adjacent to the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport, in Minford, Ohio. The expansion is being supported by a tax credit from the Ohio Department of Development and a $100,000 JobsOhio Grant. “Benestar Brands currently employs more than 125 hard-working Ohioans at its first location in the state in Scioto County,” said J.P. Nauseef, President and CEO, JobsOhio. “We welcome the company’s continued growth in Ohio as it adds a new tortilla chip manufacturing facility and 40 new jobs for the region.” The new plant will add to Benestar’s existing footprint in Chicago Il, Arlington Tx, City of Industry Ca, Portsmouth Oh, and Saltillo, Mexico. The plant will manufacture tortilla chips and act as a regional consolidation center for pork snacks. Pork snacks will continue to be produced in the existing Portsmouth, OH facility. Benestar Brands will be investing new capital in the site and are projecting to bring 40 new jobs to Scioto County by 2025. “We’re excited to expand our existing operations in Scioto County and be partnering with the Southern Ohio Port Authority and Scioto County Commissioners on expanding our physical footprint,” said Bruce Myers, President of Benestar Brands. “The region has proven to be a good business partner; receiving additional support from our partnership with OhioSE and JobsOhio. We see this as an opportunity to leverage the favorable logistics to both the Northeast and Southeast regions and leverage a local team with expertise in food production.” The new facility will include warehousing OPENING L INES