SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas – Owens Foods announced Thursday plans to expand its Sulphur Springs, Texas food production plant to almost double its current size.

The company said that it plans to break ground for the expansion on June 23. It will add 50,000 square feet to the existing 52,777 square-foot facility and will cost $16 million.

The plant serves as a sandwich production facility for Owens Foods and parent company Bob Evans Farms Inc.

This expansion is essential to meeting the increasing demand by our customers for our popular convenience sandwich items, including our breakfast sandwiches, fully-cooked sausage and breakfast tacos," said Phil Chapman, vice president of operations. "We currently have product distribution in 49 states, and expect to ship 28 million pounds of product annually when we are at full capacity in this expanded facility."

The company said there will be no interruption to production during the construction. It is expected to be completed in May 2009.


Source: Owens Foods