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Wednesday, April 23 2014

WHITE CASTLE OFFICIALLY OPENS NEW FROZEN FOOD FACILITY IN OHIO


New production facility starting a second shift and adding more permanent jobs

VANDALIA, Ohio – Family-owned and Ohio-based White Castle officially opened its new frozen food plant in Vandalia, Ohio today with the announcement that it will soon employ more than 100 team members. Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor joined White Castle’s CEO Bill Ingram, President Lisa Ingram, dozens of team members and Vandalia city officials for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Stonequarry Crossings.

Lt. Gov. Taylor spoke about the importance of the new production plant creating jobs for the region and White Castle’s commitment to Ohio.

“We’re proud of White Castle’s long-standing commitment to Ohio by building a new frozen food facility and creating new jobs right here in southwest Ohio,” said Lt. Gov. Taylor. “White Castle is just one example of how public-private partnerships can bolster our communities and further strengthen the Dayton region.”

White Castle’s home office is celebrating 80 years in Columbus, Ohio. The family-owned business moved to Ohio’s capital city in 1934.

The 93-year-old company, which pioneered the fast food hamburger and later the frozen distribution of its iconic Slider, built a production facility for $19.4 million near the Dayton International Airport. The plant opened in December 2013. Team members are producing more than 200,000 frozen Original Sliders, Cheeseburgers and Jalapeño Cheese Sliders per day for distribution to retail outlets across the nation.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to add a second shift in July, provide more than 100 jobs and make an economic impact on the Vandalia community,” said Lisa Ingram. “Over the years, the frozen food business has grown quickly, and this manufacturing facility will allow White Castle to keep up with demand by producing frozen Sliders to feed the legion of Cravers everywhere.”

In 1986, CEO Bill Ingram, grandson of founder Billy Ingram, began packaging and selling frozen Sliders for retail. Over the years, the frozen Slider has become a popular item in many grocery and convenience stores, cinemas and vending machines.

“I first proposed the idea of selling frozen Sliders in grocery stores after learning about customers buying, freezing and shipping Sliders to family and friends living far away from a White Castle restaurant,” said Bill Ingram, White Castle CEO. “With this new production facility, White Castle can expand its reach and connect with new Cravers while creating a strong bond with the community in Vandalia.”

The nearly 80,000-square-foot building was built on a 17-acre plot and is expected to employ 120 team members by 2017. Stonequarry Crossings is Vandalia’s business park for professional offices, high technology and manufacturing businesses. In addition, the project has been certified LEED Gold® by the U.S. Green Building Council®. The Vandalia frozen food plant is the third for White Castle; the other two plants are located in Covington and Louisville, Kentucky.

“This new state-of-art production plant is an important growth opportunity for White Castle,” said Rob Camp, vice president of White Castle Food Products Division. “The increased production coming from Vandalia will allow Cravers to savor the taste of our iconic Sliders as we expand our distribution to U.S. military bases around the world.”

“We’re proud to be the new home of a family-friendly business, such as White Castle,” said Vandalia Mayor Arlene Setzer. “I’m very pleased with White Castle’s commitment to improve the communities in which it operates, and we look forward to helping them succeed in our city.”

Ohio is home to 61 White Castle restaurants, including four in the Dayton area. White Castle also has two manufacturing facilities, one bakery, a meat processing plant and approximately 1,450 team members in Ohio. At White Castle, more than 27 percent of its team members have been with the company for 10 years or more, making their loyalty an essential component of the company’s success.

Earlier this year, the White Castle Original Slider® was named Time magazine’s most influential burger in a poll of hamburger historians. The Time magazine article noted that the success of the Slider “paved the way for the great American burger obsession.” White Castle’s success continues today as it serves more than 1.4 million Sliders per day to the loyal Craver Nation.

About White Castle
White Castle is a family-owned business based in Columbus, Ohio, that owns and operates more than 400 restaurants in 12 states. The company was founded in Wichita, Kan., in 1921 and is America’s first fast-food hamburger chain. All White Castle Sliders are made from 100 percent USDA inspected beef. White Castle’s commitment to maintaining the highest quality products extends to the company owning and operating its own meat processing plants and bakeries. White Castle’s new loyalty program, Craver Nation, connects like-minded Cravers from around the globe in a social media setting. For more information on White Castle and Craver Nation, visit whitecastle.com and cravernation.whitecastle.com.

About White Castle Food Products
White Castle Food Products, LLC is a retail product division of White Castle System, Inc., based in Columbus, Ohio. This division of White Castle produces and distributes frozen Sliders, Original Restaurant Blend Coffee, Dusseldorf and Horseradish Mustard to retail outlets nationwide. White Castle Food Products was created in 1986 when CEO Bill Ingram, grandson of founder Billy Ingram, began packaging and selling frozen Sliders for retail. Over the years, the frozen Slider has become a popular item in many grocery and convenience stores, cinemas and vending machines.