J.M. Smucker to build $1.1 billion Alabama manufacturing plant, creating up to 750 jobs

J.M. Smucker to build $1.1 billion Alabama manufacturing plant, creating up to 750 jobs
With an investment of $1.1 billion, The J.M. Smucker Co. facility near Birmingham will produce the company's in-demand Uncrustables frozen sandwiches. The project will create 750 jobs. (Smucker)

The J.M. Smucker Co. announced plans today to build a new manufacturing facility and distribution center in Alabama to support production of Smucker’s Uncrustables, promising large-scale job creation in the Birmingham area.

With a total financial investment of $1.1 billion, the facility in the Jefferson County community of McCalla is expected to be constructed over three phases, creating up to 750 jobs.

“Because The J.M Smucker Co. is one of America’s leading consumer packaged goods companies in the food sector, its decision to make a significant investment in Jefferson County represents a powerful endorsement of Alabama’s inviting business environment,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “Not only will the company’s growth project create a large number of jobs in McCalla, but it will also permit us to build a longstanding relationship with a top consumer brand.”

Construction of the facility is expected to begin no later than January, with production commencing in 2025.

“Our Smucker’s Uncrustables brand continues to be one of the fastest growing in our portfolio and in the food sector more broadly. We are proud of the success the brand has achieved, due in no small part to the tremendous efforts of our employees, and we’re excited to take advantage of the opportunities and growth our investments will enable,” said Mark Smucker, president and CEO. “We appreciate the support we have received from the state of Alabama and Jefferson County officials, and we look forward to being a part of the greater Birmingham community.”

Smucker’s Uncrustables frozen sandwiches have proven enormously popular. A new manufacturing facility in McCalla is part of the company’s plan to more than double production in the next five years. (Smucker)

Growth plans

Smucker’s new manufacturing facility at the JeffMet Industrial Complex will mark the third dedicated to Uncrustables sandwiches, along with facilities in Scottsville, Kentucky, and Longmont, Colorado.

Smucker said the continued demand for the frozen handheld sandwiches has driven the brand’s growth over time to approximately $500 million in annual net sales, demonstrating double-digit net sales growth annually over the past decade.

The Alabama facility, and a completed expansion at the Longmont location, will support the company’s strategy to more than double its current production capacity. With the increased capacity, the company expects to grow the Uncrustables brand over the next five years to approximately $1 billion in annual net sales.

“Alabama plays host to an impressive roster of world-class corporate partners, and we are excited to add The J.M. Smucker Co. to this lineup,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “Smucker’s products have long been a favorite in kitchens across America, and it’s great to know that the company’s popular Uncrustable sandwiches will be made right here in Alabama.”

Financial impact

Smucker said the three phases of construction and production will occur over multiple years, creating up to 750 jobs.

Financial investments and job creation will align with each of the three phases and are contingent on the approval of tax and business incentives and the closing of the transaction to purchase the property where the facility will be built, the company added.

“Smucker’s is a household name, and we are proud they have selected Jefferson County for their next manufacturing facility,” said Commissioner Steve Ammons, chair of the Jefferson County Economic Development Committee. “It’s important for us to recognize the previous commission and their forethought to add acreage to the JeffMet Industrial Complex.

“The McCalla area is hot right now due to usable land availability, interstate access and productive growth potential. We are excited for the continued momentum of job creation for the citizens of Jefferson County and the region as a whole.”

Ron Kitchens, CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance, said this is one of the largest economic development projects in Jefferson County’s recent history, both in capital investment and jobs.

“It is a strategic move for Smucker to leverage Birmingham’s strong distribution and logistics network, central location in the Southeast and a shovel-ready site to seize an opportunity for one of its fastest-growing brands,” Kitchens said.

“We are very excited to welcome them to Birmingham and Jefferson County and thank them for bringing jobs to our community that will change lives for the better.”

This story originally appeared on the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Made in Alabama website.

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