Elmer Chocolate completes $40 million plant expansion, 24 new hired in Ponchatoula
PONCHATOULA, La. — The Elmer Chocolate’s $40 million manufacturing expansion as Elmer Candy Corp. has been completed, as announced by Governor John Bel Edwards. President and CEO Robert Nelson joined state and local leaders to officially dedicate the expanded facility in Ponchatoula. In December 2014, Elmer announced it would develop a 70,000-square-foot addition at the company’s production facility in Ponchatoula. In addition to retaining 164 jobs, Elmer Chocolate is creating 10 new direct jobs as part of the expansion, with an average salary of $42,500, plus benefits. LED estimates the expansion will result in another 14 new indirect jobs. Check for Elmer Chocolate jobs here.
Elmer’s investment includes the installation of new production technology to make the company more efficient, versatile and competitive in the market. The latest expansion brings the total plant size in Ponchatoula, including administrative headquarters and distribution facilities, to nearly 400,000 square feet.
“As a Tangipahoa Parish native, I am a big fan of Elmer Chocolate, and I also understand the tremendous economic impact this expansion will have on the region,” Gov. Edwards said. “This expansion will make Elmer Chocolate more efficient and more competitive, but it also speaks to the confidence that business leaders have in our state and our people. We congratulate the entire Elmer team on this exciting new chapter.”
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