Streamlined business-friendly process making a big difference to Marshall County economy07/22/2019The recent announcement of a $71 million expansion by Pretzels, Inc., at their existing site in Plymouth is the most recent reflection of confidence in the streamlined, business-friendly environment in Marshall County and the city of Plymouth as a good place to invest and bring new jobs. “Sophisticated operations like Pretzels only make plans on this scale when they’ve done a lot of due diligence and are confident that a community like ours is a good place to do business,” said Jerry Chavez, President & CEO of the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation. “We’re grateful for their investment, and we’re grateful to local government leaders who have the onboarding process down to a science in Marshall County. More new jobs means we’re doing things right. And this is just the beginning because we have taken risk out of the business expansion equation.” Pretzels is a leading manufacturer of peanut butter-filled pretzels and other snack products. The expansion increases capacity across a range of products and capabilities. It is anticipated that the additional capacity will be operational in the second quarter of 2020. In an announcement earlier this summer, Greg Pearson, Chief Executive Officer of Pretzels, said, "This expansion exemplifies Pretzels' commitment to exceed our customers' expectations by significantly enhancing our capabilities and capacity. Pretzels' management and employees are executing on several strategic growth initiatives, including this expansion, which will enable us to support our customers' commercial success for years to come. On behalf of the entire Pretzels team, I want to thank our loyal customers, dedicated employees, and supportive community for being an integral part of our growth." “Pretzel’s state-of-the-art operation in Plymouth currently occupies 45,000 square feet,” added Chavez. “By adding an additional 110,000 square feet, they’re nearly quadrupling their existing space. And you just can’t underestimate the importance of a supportive community making smart long-term decisions allowing things like this to happen. A streamlined process for onboarding new business, expanding existing business and supporting startups is crucial. We’ve got it down to a science. And people across the state have noticed what we’re getting accomplished here in Marshall County.” For more information, please contact Jerry Chavez, MCEDC President/CEO, at (574) 935-8499.