ST. LOUIS – A Canada-based manufacturing plant is opening in Hazelwood today and it is bringing more than 300 jobs to north St. Louis County. Gov. Mike Parson, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, and others will be on hand as it officially opens.

Instead of a traditional ribbon-cutting, there will be a ceremonial “first tasting” of dried fruit and nuts made at the new 8th Avenue plant.

“Investments in jobs and economic development like this new 8th Avenue facility have put our state’s economy on a solid foundation and positioned Missouri for long-term success,” said Governor Parson in a press release. “We are excited to welcome 8th Avenue’s manufacturing operations to the St. Louis region and look forward to its continued growth here in Missouri.”

8th Avenue Food and Provisions Inc. is in the process of hiring employees to work in its new 250-thousand square foot facility. Workers will prep and package dried fruit and nuts for retail and foodservice customers.

“We’re excited and proud to bring employment opportunities for 300-plus workers to the St. Louis region where they can join a new plant and help build a great workplace culture,” said Julie Burns, General Manager of Healthy Snacks, 8th Avenue in a press release. “Our competitive pay and benefits will help us attract great talent, and our focus on training and development will support people in growing their careers with us long term.” 

Charles Sargent, an East St. Louis native, will manage the operations in St. Louis. He is a Navy veteran and worked for companies like Nestle, Procter & Gamble, and McCormick Spices in Springfield, Missouri.

8th Avenue moved its headquarters from Minneapolis to St. Louis in June of 2020.

Plant officials say various jobs with good salaries and benefits are available, including opportunities in operations, production, and forklift operators.

For a complete list of openings go to www.8ave.com or text CAREERS TO (314)597-8151.