October 29, 2003 - Posted at 3:07 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR - Nestlé officials from Switzerland, California and Ohio joined with Nestlé employees in Jonesboro Wednesday morning to welcome guests, including Governor Mike Huckabee and Jonesboro Mayor Hubert Brodell, to the company's new manufacturing facility here.
Together, company and state officials dedicated the new facility, which has actually been in operation since late March of this year, making Stouffer's and Lean Cuisine frozen prepared meals. Following the dedication ceremony, guests were invited to tour the facility where those products are now being made. Right now the plant has two operational lines up and running, producing 24 different products, employing 400 people. Plant officials say that within 3 to 5 years there will be 6 operational lines and 1,000 employees.