Friday, September 14, 2007

Calbee To Open Fairfield Plant Today

Calbee To Open Fairfield Plant Today
By Ines Bebea

Calbee America Inc. moved its facility to Fairfield from Sebastopol where it had been for eight years. (Photo by Brad Zweerink)

FAIRFIELD - Calbee America Inc., a manufacturer of healthy snack foods, will have a grand opening for its new 40,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Fairfield today.

The Japan-based company moved it facility from Sebastopol where it had been for eight years.

Calbee America Inc. is a subsidiary of Calbee Foods. Co. Ltd. The Fairfield facility is four times larger than the Sebastopol plant. In the next few months, the company plans to move its headquarters from Torrance to Fairfield.

"The existing transportation system, freeway access and good water supply are what attracted us to Fairfield and Solano County," said Fumie Mihaly, a plant administrator supervisor for Calbee America. "We outgrew our Sebastopol location and we were interested in a facility that better suited our expansion needs."

Calbee America manufactures and distributes snacks such as Snapea Crisp, Shrimp Flavored Chips and other products in the United States and Canada. The company has 45 employees in Fairfield.

"We are pleased that Calbee America has moved to Fairfield," said Curt Johnston, Fairfield's assistant director for the economic development division. "It has joined a significant list of food manufacturers who recognize this city as a choice location because of its room for businesses to grow, superior water quality and supply, and its access to various transportation options."

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