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Kraft Foods picks Coshocton

| November 13, 2014

COSHOCTON – Kraft Foods made its decision Thursday, Nov. 13 and Coshocton came out on top.

“We are happy to share that the Coshocton facility will be receiving the investment that has been under consideration and we will be hiring approximately 300 people and doing expansion at the facility over the next few years,” said Joyce Hodel, Kraft spokesperson.

For the past several months the local Kraft plant on Second Street has been in the running for the expansion of an unknown product line along with the plant in Missouri. Kraft’s announcement included sharing that all of its bacon production will now be done in Coshocton.

“Since Coshocton is already dedication to bacon and two thirds of our total volume comes from there it was the most cost effective site,” Hodel said.

Kraft’s Coshocton facility manufactures Oscar Mayer Bacon and it produces the vast majority of bacon for the Oscar Mayer business unit on its production lines. The local plant produces more than 10 different varieties of bacon sold in retail stores.

City Council, the Coshocton County Commissioners and the Coshocton Port Authority also worked together to offer Kraft a package of incentives to help them choose Coshocton.

“We want to thank the City of Coshocton and the state of Ohio for their support,” Hodel said.

Mayor Steve Mercer was ecstatic when he heard that Kraft chose Coshocton as its site to expand.

“Our hard work paid off,” he said. “It took months and months of work by a lot of different people to make this happen.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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