The manufacturer of Airheads, Mentos, and other popular candy brands, Perfetti Van Melle USA Inc., plans to invest $9.8 million to add a new production line to one of its facilities in Erlanger, KY, the firm’s parent company, Perfetti Van Melle Group B.V. and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday.
“With our growth consistently outpacing the US confectionery category for several years, this capacity expansion is critical for us to continue meeting the growing demand for our products,” Sylvia Buxton, president, Perfetti Van Melle North America, said in a release. “After considering various locations within the Perfetti Van Melle global network, it was clear that expanding our manufacturing capacity here in Northern Kentucky was the right choice, given the potential incentives offered to attract more job-generating investment by business to the region.”
In addition to the new production line, Perfetti Van Melle also plans to install another automated packaging area at the site.
“For decades, Perfetti Van Melle USA has called Kentucky home, and I am thrilled to see the company continue to grow in our state,” said Gov. Beshear in a statement. “Not only will this project allow the company to increase production of candy enjoyed by people across the US and Canada, the commitment to create at least 16 full-time jobs also ensures the company will continue to be a strong employer in Northern Kentucky for years to come.”
Work on the expansion is expected to reach completion by June 2022.