Cookie operation ramps-up in AbileneCookie operation ramps-up in Abilenehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=49082014-02-18T08:41:00Z2014-02-18T00:00:00Z

ABILENE - Fehr Foods will invest up to $2 million to expand its North First St. cookie operation, in addition to purchasing the old Sam’s Club building on South First St.

The Development Corporation of Abilene (DCOA) has approved $200,000 — 10 percent of Fehr’s capital investment — for the company to ramp up cookie production. The money will be used for new automated equipment, updating current equipment and energy efficiency.

Fehr currently employs 321 people in Abilene, but within three years, 105 more jobs will be added.

The company previously bought the old Sam’s Club building in 2013, and will invest $30 million for the purchase, capital improvements and equipment, according to the DCOA.

The DCOA agreed to a $5.12 million assistance package for Fehr Foods for capital investment and job creation incentives specifically for the South First St. venture.

The company anticipates starting production in the new facility, where it will make crackers, in early 2015, according to Miguel Moreno, Fehr’s chief executive officer.

Fehr makes cookies under the brand names Lil’ Dutch Maid, Sun Valley and Tru-Blu. Grupo Nutresa, a major Colombian cookie manufacturer, acquired Fehr Foods in October 2010.

See previous story Abilene cookies to $30M dough.

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