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Campbell Soup to spend $150 million, add 100 jobs in Robeson

Campbell Soup plans to spend $150 million and add 100 positions at its Maxton plant as part of a company-wide reorganization announced Tuesday.

The Maxton expansion is the biggest part of its capital investments of approximately $230 million through fiscal 2026, with approximately $80 million spent to date. The projects are expected to create approximately 210 new roles across the company.

The expansion will add 80,000 square feet to the plant and include both soup and broth production.

Campbell, which is based in Camden, New Jersey, is also expanding plants in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and it’s closing a plant in Oregon. A plant in Indiana that currently produces kettle potato chips will see that work shift to its Charlotte plant and the Pennsylvania plant that is being expanded.

Last year, snack maker Snyder’s-Lance, which is owned by Campbell Soup, said it will close its Emerald Nuts manufacturing plant and office in Charlotte.

The Charlotte plant has about 1,500 employees and 1.2 million square feet.

“To fuel growth and transform our manufacturing and distribution network, we must invest and further strengthen our supply chain,” said Chief Supply Chain Officer Dan Poland in a statement.

Campbell began operating its Maxton facility in Robeson County in 1978. The company currently produces its “Campbell’s Homestyle” soups, “Campbell’s Chunky” soups, “Campbell’s Healthy Request” soups and “Swanson” broth at the 2.2-million-square-foot facility. Campbell employs approximately 1,200 people at Maxton.

The plant was last expanded in 2009. In 2005, Campbell added a microwaveable bowl line at Maxton. In 2007, Campbell broke ground for the addition of a 225,000 square foot warehouse.

Publicly traded Campbell reported a $858 million profit in its 2023 fiscal year ending June 30. It had revenue of $9.36 billion.

Chris Roush
Chris Roush
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