ConAgra breaks ground on $64.7M Ohio plant expansion

TROY, Ohio --

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland was in Troy Friday morning to help break ground on the expansion of a local company.

ConAgra held a groundbreaking ceremony for the addition to the facility on Dye Road. The $64.7 million expansion will allow the company to create 190 new jobs.

The company said it is relocating its production of the Slim Jim Beef Stick snack food to Troy.

Company officials said 47,000 square feet will be added to the existing building. Four production lines should be up and running within 12 to 15 months, according to Troy Mayor Michael Beamish.

Strickland said, "This is a great day for Troy, a great day for Ohio and a great day for the country who enjoys Slim Jims."

A frozen foods operation in Troy currently employs about 400 workers.

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