The J.M. Smucker Co. recently announced plans to build a manufacturing facility in Longmont, Colorado. Construction of the facility will start in spring 2017 with production expected to begin in 2019.

The new facility will help meet growing demand for Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches brand, which has grown from approximately $10 million in annual sales in 2000 to a $200 million business.

The new Longmont facility will complement the company's manufacturing facility in Scottsville, Kentucky, which produces up to 2 million Uncrustables 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," said Mark Smucker, president and chief executive officer of the J.M. Smucker Co. "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."

With a total potential investment of $340 million, the Longmont facility will be constructed in two phases over multiple years. Phase one 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 two expansion, dependent on product demand. The facility will have approximately 250 employees when phase one is complete and up to 500 employees in total with the completion of phase two.

Construction of the manufacturing facility in Longmont is contingent on the approval of tax and business incentives and the closing of the transaction to purchase the real property where the facility will be located.

For more information, visit www.jmsmucker.com.