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Nestle USA to Move Pizza Division to Ohio
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Ohio will soon be home to some of the most popular frozen pizza brands in the country.
Officials from Nestle USA announced on Wednesday that they will move the company's pizza division to the city of Solon in northeast Ohio.
Nestle Pizza is the maker of popular brands Digiorno, California Pizza Kitchen, Tombstone, and Jack's.
The move was announced just months after work began on Nestle USA's $53 million Project Technology Center in Solon, which will serve as a research and development facility.
Nestle USA Chairman and CEO Paul Grimwood credited Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) and economic development organization JobsOhio with convincing company officials to make the move to the Buckeye State from the division's current home base in Illinois.
"We're extremely grateful for the support we've received from Ohio Governor John R. Kasich, as well as the assistance provided by the JobsOhio organization," Grimwood said. "The JobsOhio team was very helpful in gathering the information we required to make the decision to move this business to Ohio."
Grimwood also thanked Solon Mayor Susan Drucker for the support provided to the company by city officials.
Nestle's move to Solon is expected to result in the creation of 250 jobs.
When one of the worlds largest companies chooses Ohio as its new destination for an entire business division, I think that sends a strong message about the work were doing to make our state a better place for job creators," Gov. Kasich said.
Nestle Pizza's move to Ohio is expected to be completed by 2014. The company's Project Technology Center is scheduled to open the following year.