28 June 2013

Nestlé announces $53 million expansion of R&D facility in Solon, Ohio

Solon, OH – 27 June 2013 - Nestlé S.A. will invest $53 million to establish a new building that will expand the existing R&D facility in Solon, Ohio. The new center will be designated as a global Product Technology Center (PTC), dedicated to frozen and chilled foods research, and will serve Nestlé’s businesses worldwide. 

The new building will be located on 18 acres in a park-like setting off of Solon’s Cannon Road. The glass-faced facility will house offices and labs for approximately 100 scientific, professional and technical staff. The 144,000 square foot building also will include a pilot plant where new recipes and the latest technologies will be tested and evaluated. Construction is expected to begin this summer and Nestlé expects the new facility to be operational in late 2014. 

“We are pleased that the R&D effort first established in Solon in 2001 to serve our regional needs has matured into a global Product Technology Center. We currently operate 11 Product Technology Centers around the world. PTC Solon will become the twelfth of these important centers of excellence for Nestlé. Here we will establish a critical mass of technology expertise and product knowledge for our global Nestlé frozen and chilled foods business,” said Johannes Baensch, Nestlé’s Global Head of Research and Development.

Sean Westcott will serve as Director of the new PTC in Solon. Mr. Westcott, a veteran Nestlé employee, is an expert in leading product innovation, operations and quality control teams. 

“We’re extremely grateful for the support we’ve received from Mayor Susan Drucker and the City of Solon, from Gov. Kasich and JobsOhio, and particularly from the community itself, which demonstrated its support with an 85 percent approval when we requested rezoning,” Mr. Westcott added. 

The PTC will join other major Nestlé facilities in Solon, including Nestlé Prepared Foods Company, an important employer in the city since it was first established there in 1968. Led today by President & CEO Frank Higgins, the business employs more than 1,900 in its offices and production facility. The company operates 11 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and employs more than 8,800 people. 

Nestlé operates the largest Research & Development network of any food company in the world. Over 5,000 people are involved in Nestlé Research & Development either through 34 R&D facilities (three Science & Research centers and 31 Product Technology Centers and R&D centers) or 300 Application Groups around the world. 

Nestlé USA, with 2012 sales of $10 billion, is part of Nestlé S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the world’s largest food company with a commitment to Nutrition, Health & Wellness — which recorded 2012 sales of $98 billion. 

Source: Nestlé USA