Nestle Consolidation Could Bring Jobs to Solon

Nestle Prepared Foods Company, a division of Nestle USA, is relocating its HOT POCKETS® and LEAN POCKETS® brand frozen sandwich and snacks business team from Englewood, Colorado to its headquarters location in Solon, Ohio.

Frank Higgins, President and CEO of Nestle Prepared Foods, said “We believe the opportunities for shared learning and continued progress – both for our employees and our business — are greater with all our teams working together,”.

In Solon, the HOT POCKETS and LEAN POCKETS business will join a family of well-known food brands including STOUFFER’S® and LEAN CUISINE® frozen meals; BUITONI® refrigerated pastas and sauces; NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® baking ingredients and refrigerated cookie dough; LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin and the NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Milks.

Several Nestle USA corporate functions also are housed in Solon, where Nestle recently expanded by building the Nestle Professional Culinary Center and acquiring the former Keithley Building on Bainbridge Road, which now houses Nestle Business Services functions.  Plans also are being developed to establish a global R&D center specializing in frozen and chilled foods research on 18 recently rezoned acres of property near the Nestle campus.

Over the last two years, Nestle has added nearly 170 employees in Solon, bringing total employment in this location to just over 1,900.  As a result of this relocation, some positions will be eliminated as activities are consolidated within Nestle Prepared Foods.  According to Roz O’Hearn, more than 35 employees based in Englewood have been offered the option of relocating to the Nestle campus in Solon.  Nestle Prepared Foods Company is the second largest employer in the City of Solon.

“We’ve encouraged the Englewood team to travel to Cleveland and explore the housing and recreational opportunities in the region before making their decisions.  I moved my family here about a year ago, and we are pleased to have found great quality of life – a wonderful home, great schools and an easy commute,” added Frank Higgins.