Richmond, British Columbia-based Nature’s Path Foods Inc. has acquired the former Kraft Tombstone Pizza facility in Sussex and plans to convert it to an organic cereal manufacturing facility. The company will invest about $25 million in the facility during the next year and a half. Kraft closed the plant, located at W227 N6088 Sussex Road, last year.
"We are thrilled to become a part of the Sussex community and bring the spirit of our family-run business to the families that live and work here," said Arran Stephens, Nature’s Path founder and CEO. "Building our plant in Sussex is not only about making cereal, it is about doing business in a socially responsible and more environmentally sustainable way. This new plant will help us to better serve the U.S. market east of the Rockies as we save precious resources and limit the miles our products need to travel."
The company will receive a $250,000 training grant from the state of Wisconsin, Gov. Jim Doyle announced Wednesday. The company will train at least 100 employees on new equipment and processes. The plant will create a minimum of 159 new jobs during the next year, Doyle said.