VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – A ribbon cutting Wednesday marked the official opening of White Castle’s new frozen food plant in Vandalia.
But, the new facility has actually been up and running since the beginning of year.
The 80,000 square-foot plant produces more than 200,000 frozen sliders per day, shipping to grocery stores across the nation and military bases worldwide.
Construction of the Ohio-based family owned plant cost more than $19 million.
Right now, the plant employees 69 people, but plans to hire about 50 more.
White Castle President Lisa Ingram says the Columbus-based business has seen a big boom its frozen food division.
“We’re really proud to be an Ohio-based company. We’ve been in Ohio since 1934. So, we’re honored to be able ot continue our Ohio-based tradition by having this third plant,” explains Ingram.
The two other plants are located in Kentucky.
This spot was chosen because of its easy access to Interstates 70 & 75, as well as the Dayton Airport.
“It’s just another example of a company taking advantage of the logistic advantages that are available in the Vandalia region, with access to the interstate, access to the airlines. There’s rail access, as well. It’s just a great place for a logistics company or a company that’s involved with distribution to locate,” comments Vandalia’s Communication Manager Rich Hopkins.
Lt. Governor Mary Taylor (R-Ohio) toured the facility Wednesday.
She says the Miami Valley is seeing major economic growth in recent months.
“We had Fuayo announce that they’re going to relocate in this region, the GE announcement. There’s clearly good things happening and this White Castle announcement today is just fantastic for this area. 2500 new jobs because of the recent announcements and it’s great for this area and great for the state of Ohio,” says Lt. Gov. Taylor.
You can visit the White Castle web site to apply for a job at the Vandalia facility or any available openings.