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Posted December 20, 2012 | comments Leave a comment

McDonnell: Plan expanding operation, jobs

By Sally Voth

Gov. Bob McDonnell today announced expansion plans for another Frederick County business.

Kraft Foods Group is spending $25 million to increase its production of Capri Sun drinks at its Winchester plant, according to a news release from the governor's office. Twenty-five new jobs will accompany the expansion.

"We expect we will be hiring in January and February," Kraft spokeswoman Joyce Hodel said Thursday evening. "They will be mostly what we call operators, so pouch making and filling operators."

Hodel said the company won't disclose what those workers' salaries would be, but that they'd be competitive for this area.

Some of the plant's walls will be moved around and two new pouch-filler machines, using the newest generation of technology, will be installed on site, she said.

"Long term, we needed more capacity in our whole network," she said of increasing production of Capri Sun.

The Frederick County facility, which opened in 1992, also makes Kool-Aid drinks, Hodel said.

The governor's release states he announced a previous Kraft expansion three years ago. The site currently has about 460 employees, according to the release.

According to the release, McDonnell approved a $250,000 Virginia Investment Partnership program performance-based grant for the expansion, and the project was secured with the help of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Frederick County and the Winchester-Frederick County Economic Development Commission.

Contact staff writer Sally Voth at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or svoth@nvdaily.com

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