MARTINSVILLE, Va. – State and local elected officials from Henry County, Virginia announced on Sept. 20 Monogram Food Solutions LLC’s plans to invest $30 million in expanding its Monogram Snacks plant, creating up to 300 jobs over the next two years. According to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, this represents the fifth expansion at the growing snack processing plant, since it began operations there in 2009. 

Memphis-based Monogram Foods manufactures a variety of value-added meat products and meat snacks at 10 facilities in Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee, Massachusetts and Indiana. The plant in Virginia is the company’s largest and the expansion will facilitate expanding its product lines resulting from additional demand, according to the company. 

“Monogram has quickly become one of the region’s top employers and we are honored that the company has chosen to reinvest here, creating an additional 300 high-quality jobs in the Commonwealth,” said Northam, who approved a $350,000 incentive for the project in addition to a $300,000 performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Partnership program. “We congratulate Monogram on its remarkable growth and are confident the company will continue to succeed in Southern Virginia,” he said.

Karl Schledwitz, Monogram CEO said, “Since arriving in Virginia, Monogram has been received with open lines of communication and concrete pathways to success. This funding for our newest expansion is only the latest installment in a history of support. The abundant resources and opportunities available in Virginia and especially in Henry County continually bolster our business and further overall growth on all fronts.”

Sen. Bill Stanley added: “Monogram Snacks has been a valuable corporate partner for Martinsville, Henry County and all of Southern Virginia. The impressive growth over the years at their Martinsville location has provided hundreds of jobs for our region and I am pleased to see that growth continue with today's announcement.”

This past July, Monogram announced it would shutter its pet treat processing facility in Schulenburg, Texas this month and offer the plant for sale.