Frozen food manufacturer All American Gourmet is expanding its plant and planning to add 100 people to its payroll early next year.
"It's essentially in response to increased sales demand," Bill Fenimore, plant manager, said. "We feel really good about the people here. The plant is also closer to our western market."Construction is already under way to add 300 square feet to the plant at the Freeport Center. Remodeling will also occur in the existing building. Construction is expected to complete by March 1989.
Fenimore said that since the company first began operations in September 1986 he has been impressed by the productivity of the local labor force. The plant has outpaced the productivity of plants in other areas. That played a role in the decision to expand the operation that employs 300.
Another factor in the expansion decision has been cooperative efforts between All American, government officials and the Davis Area Vocational Center. The center has provided "custom-fit" training programs for new employees.
The training gives prospective employees hands-on experience experience using the plant's processes.
The company produces frozen "Budget Gourmet" entrees, 20 different "Slim-line" side dishes under 300 calories and recently introduced "Eating Right" meals.
"(The new line) is nutrionally balanced with low cholesterol and low sodium. It is for people who are on special diets or need to maintain a particular diet," Fenimore said.