Leading Potato Chip and Snack Producer Coming to Montgomery City

January 26, 2015

Uncle Ray's has announced Montgomery City, Missouri as the home for a new production facility. The company is planning to invest over $13 million and create 110 new full-time jobs at the Montgomery City location over the next few years.

"We are happy to close on this property in Montgomery County and we look forward to becoming part of that community,” said Bill Sansom, Chairman and CEO of Uncle Ray’s parent company, The H.T. Hackney Co. “We do a considerable amount of business in Missouri and look forward to growing our presence there. We have not determined a start time on our new facility, but now that we own the property, we will proceed with our final plans for our potato chip plant.”

The company purchased a refrigerated warehouse in Montgomery City that was vacated by Tyson Foods in 2011. The company intends to make improvements to the building to accommodate receiving raw potatoes and producing and shipping finished products. The start date of operations and hiring has not yet been determined.

“We are so pleased to welcome Uncle Ray’s and thank them for their investment in our community,” said Jeff Porter, Mayor of Montgomery City. “We also want to thank the Greater Montgomery County Economic Development Council for leading this exciting project on our behalf and the Missouri Department of Economic Development for their support of our community and this company.”

“Today’s announcement of new jobs and a significant investment by Uncle Ray’s is great news for families here in Montgomery County,” said Mike Downing, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. “The State of Missouri is pleased to partner with Uncle Ray’s to help continue our economic growth and increase the number of products that proudly say ‘Made in Missouri’.”

The Greater Montgomery County Economic Development Council began working with Uncle Ray’s in April of 2013 as the company evaluated locations in multiple states. To assist the company with their project, the Missouri Department of Economic Development has offered a strategic economic incentive package that the company will continue to receive as they meet strict job creation and investment criteria.
The company is not yet accepting employment applications for the Montgomery City location as facility improvements will need to be completed before they begin operations. Information related to future job opportunities and instructions for submitting applications will be announced at a later date.

Detroit-based Uncle Ray’s began in 1965 out of the backseat of a car and has since grown to be a leading producer of potato chips and snacks with an offering of many flavors at a terrific price point. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The H.T. Hackney Co., one of the largest wholesale distributors in the United States, serving over 20,000 retail customers with over 25,000 products including grocery, confections, snacks and beverages.


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