Elwood-based Red Gold Inc. has thrown the switch on a new, multi-million-dollar high-speed labeling line at its canning facility in the Madison County town of Orestes.
The tomato product company says it will be hiring additional staff as a result of the investment.
Red Gold says it will be hiring more than 30 positions, including advanced manufacturing machine operators and industrial maintenance technicians. It also plans to include several part-time and temporary positions with flexible hours.
The company says the new line was custom-built during a six-month period and is now fully operational. The tomato processor says even with increased automation, the new system requires experienced and trained operators.
The system is able to produce 100 cases of canned tomatoes, sauces, and pastes a minute. The company says it is twice as fast as the previous machine.
Beau Reichart, Chief Operations Officer at Red Gold said, “We always wanted a high-speed can labeling line of this magnitude. Red Gold is America’s largest producer of fresh canned tomatoes with over 3,200 different labels to manage over a wide variety of packaging sizes.”
Reichart says consumer demand in grocery stores has “just been incredible.”
The company says it has invested $500 million in new technology, products, staff and benefits over the past ten years.
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