Business Journal: Soup Plant Expands In Dixon
Campbell Soup plans to expand its tomato processing plant in Dixon. The addition won’t add jobs, but it will increase the plant’s processing season.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Campbell Soup is juicing up its tomato processing plant in Dixon. The move would increase capacity by 15 percent and lengthen the processing season. Typically, tomato processing plants run during harvest season -- or summer through fall -- and sit idle in the winter and spring. Next year, when the expansion is complete, the plant will start in May, two months earlier than its usual July start date. The company plans to bring in new equipment and control systems. It will also process nine other vegetables, including carrots and celery, which would be used in the company’s V8 juice line. One hundred-eighty people work at the Dixon plant. Company-wide, Campbell Soup raked in $7.9 billion in sales in 2007. Its beverage business, which includes its V8 juice line, was the best performing unit last year.