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Gov. Parson, Co. Executive Page and Regional Business Leaders Join 8th Avenue to Officially Open New Manufacturing Plant in Hazelwood

Private-label food company seeking local talent to fill 300 new jobs at its snack nut and dried fruit manufacturing facility in Hazelwood
January 20, 2022
2021 Illinois Legislative Session

Missouri Governor Mike Parson, St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page, Greater St. Louis, Inc. CEO Jason Hall, and other regional leaders joined representatives from 8th Avenue Food & Provisions, Inc. to officially open the company’s new snack nut and dried fruit manufacturing plant in Hazelwood. 8th Avenue is relocating the plant to St. Louis from Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

“Investments in jobs and economic development like this new 8th Avenue facility have put our state’s economy on a solid foundation and positioned Missouri for long-term success,” said Governor Parson. “We are excited to welcome 8th Avenue’s manufacturing operations to the St. Louis region and look forward to its continued growth here in Missouri.”

The 250,000-square-foot plant, which will prep and package snack nuts, trail mixes and dried fruit for retail, food service and ingredient customers, will bring more than 300 new jobs to the St. Louis area. Officials highlighted 8th Avenue’s plans to hire talent from the St. Louis region.

“St. Louis County is a great place to work and do business and we look forward to 8th Avenue adding more job opportunities for the region,” said County Executive Dr. Sam Page.

Hiring efforts are currently underway with production scheduled to begin January 24, 2022.
8thAvenue has hundreds of supervisor and entry level jobs immediately available in a variety of fields including quality, operations, production, warehouse, materials handler, sanitation, and maintenance.  For a full list of positions, visit the Careers page of 8ave.com or text “CAREERS” to +1 (314) 597-8151.

“We’re excited and proud to bring employment opportunities for 300-plus workers to the St. Louis region where they can join a new plant and help build a great workplace culture,” said Julie Burns, General Manager of Healthy Snacks, 8th Avenue. “Our competitive pay and benefits will help us attract great talent, and our focus on training and development will support people in growing their careers with us long term.”

Charles Sargent, a dynamic leader with years of industry experience, has been hired to manage operations at the plant. Sargent was born and raised in East St. Louis, served in the Navy for six years and worked in the private sector for industry-leading companies including Nestle, Procter & Gamble and, most recently, McCormick Spices in Springfield, Missouri.

8th Avenue, a billion-dollar company, moved its headquarters from Minneapolis to St. Louis in June 2020. 8th Avenue produces customized, high-quality, private label products including pasta, peanut butter, snack nuts, trail mixes, granola and more to retail, food service and ingredient customers.  In addition, with the purchase in 2021 of Ronzoni — the 2nd leading dry pasta retail brand in the country — 8th Avenue is now the third largest supplier of pasta in the US.  The company operates its corporate office in Fenton with approximately 120 team members. 8th Avenue operates nine other North American plants with approximately 2,000 team members nationwide.

The City of Hazelwood, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Ameren Missouri, and Spire worked together to help secure the move of 8th Avenue’s manufacturing plant to the St. Louis region.

“8th Avenue’s move of this facility from Canada to St. Louis is a sign not only of the growth of our food sector, but also our momentum as a region,” said Greater St. Louis, Inc.’s Hall. “This is just the type of inclusive economic growth called for in the STL 2030 Jobs Plan and an indication of more great things to come.”

More information is available on the 8th Avenue’s careers page @ 8ave.com