SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) - Schwan’s Company announced Thursday it plans to build a 140,000-square-foot refrigerated distribution center at its pizza-manufacturing facility in Salina. 

Company leaders joined government and civic officials in Salina to share details of the new project and thank the Salina and greater Kansas community.

 

The distribution center is a new project in addition to the 400,000-square-foot expansion currently underway, the company said. The project, which is expected to begin in 2023 and be completed in early 2025, will expand the total distribution center space to 245,000 square feet. 

The new distribution center space will be used to store food produced by employees at the company’s pizza plant. 

The company said the additional distribution center space will support a larger project announced by the company more than two years ago. The overall project is expected to add up to 225 jobs. 

“In 2020, we had the honor of announcing to the Salina community a major investment that would enable us to continue to provide delicious pizzas to millions of families for decades to come. I feel a lot of pride and I am also very much humbled by everyone’s execution on this project. We are set to begin making pizzas at our new facility in December, and this new distribution center will support our expanded production capabilities over the long term,” said Schwan’s Company CEO Dimitrios Smyrnios. “On behalf of everyone at Schwan’s and our parent company, CJ, I once again want to thank the Salina community and federal, state and local officials in Kansas for helping us make this expansion a success. We especially want to thank our employees at the facility for continuing to make the highest-quality foods.”

The project announced in 2020 is nearing completion. The company expects to be making pizzas at the new facility in December.