Smucker’s plant in McCalla on schedule for 2024 opening

$1.1 billion project will result in 750 jobs

Construction of the J.M. Smucker plant in McCalla is well underway. Photo from J.M. Smucker.

The director of operations for the $1.1 billion J.M. Smucker plant planned for McCalla says construction is on target and the plant is hiring.

“We are currently hiring for a variety of roles, including production, quality assurance, maintenance, logistics, engineering, electrical and management,” says Nicole Newell. “We expect a workforce of around 750-800 once we are fully staffed.”

The McCalla plant, which will be the third in the country devoted exclusively to Smucker’s popular Uncrustables, is the largest capital investment by a company in Jefferson County.

The project was announced in November 2021, and construction on the 225-acre property, part of the Jefferson Metropolitan Park, began last year.

“We are on schedule and expect to begin production in May 2024,” Newell says.

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The Jefferson County facility will help build Smucker’s popular Uncrustables brand even bigger.

“The Uncrustables brand is one of the fastest growing in our company, and we have focused on increasing capacity to help us meet the incredible demand for the product,” Newell says. “The McCalla facility … will help us reach our stated goal of $1 billion in annual net sales for the brand.”

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