Food giant Nestle USA is shifting its pizza division from Illinois to northeast Ohio, a development that pleases Solon officials.
The city’s economic development manager, Peggy Weil Dorfman, says this will also generate nearly $22 million in additional annual payroll, and 250 jobs. She says this brings the number of full-time jobs in Solon to 24,000, up from 23,000 six years ago.
“We are always happy to work with Nestlé," says Dorfman. "They have been excellent citizens of the City of Solon for many years, going back to the 1960s. And we are very happy that Nestle continues to grow its presence and commitment to the city of Solon and the state of Ohio.”
Nestle’s pizza line includes the DiGiorno and California Pizza Kitchen brands.
Last year, the company moved its Hot Pockets division from Colorado to Solon, which provided 70 jobs to the area. And Nestles says it’s investing $53-million dollars to develop a local research facility for frozen food production.
Dorfman credits Team NEO and JobsOhio for facilitating the move.
(ideastream's Brian Bull filed this report)