Pinnacle Foods, Parsippany, N.J., announced plans to relocate its EVOL manufacturing operations in Boulder, Colo., to an existing Pinnacle facility in Fayetteville, Ark., which boasts the necessary capacity to accommodate the growing business. Select products will continue to be produced at strategic contract manufacturers with specialized capabilities. Pinnacle anticipates the EVOL plant to close in the first quarter of 2017.

“While it’s never an easy decision to close a manufacturing plant, this action will ensure the long-term success of the EVOL brand,” says Mike Wittman, executive vice president and chief supply chain officer. “We are thankful to the employees at the EVOL plant, and value the many contributions they have made to the business.”

The move will impact approximately 85 employees.

Pinnacle will be investing in the Fayetteville facility to upgrade existing manufacturing capabilities and expects to hire approximately 25 new full-time employees to support the added capacity. 

Pinnacle purchased the EVOL brand in November 2015 during the Boulder Brands acquisition.