The J. M. Smucker Co., Orrville, Ohio, announced plans to build an additional Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches manufacturing facility in Longmont, Colo. Construction of the facility will start in spring 2017, with production expected to begin in calendar year 2019.

The new facility will help meet growing demand for Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches, which are pre-made, frozen, thaw-and-serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

The new Longmont facility will complement the company's Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches manufacturing facility in Scottsville, Ky., which will continue to produce up to 2 million sandwiches per day.

"The Smucker's Uncrustables brand is one of our fastest growing brands, as consumers seek nutritious snacks and meal solutions for the whole family," says Mark Smucker, president and CEO. "This new plant to be built at the foot of the Rockies will ensure we can continue to meet increasing demand across the country. We are thrilled to build our first manufacturing facility in Colorado, and greatly appreciate the support we have received for this exciting project from officials representing Longmont, Weld County and the state of Colorado. We look forward to being part of the growing greater Denver community."

With a total potential investment of $340 million, the Longmont facility will be constructed in two phases over multiple years. Phase 1 includes up to an initial $200 million investment to construct and operate the new facility, with an opportunity to invest an additional $140 million for Phase 2 expansion, dependent on product demand. The facility will house approximately 250 employees when Phase 1 is complete, and up to 500 employees in total with the completion of Phase 2.