Shearer's Opens First LEED Platinum Facility in Massillon, OH

Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2012

This spring, Massillon became the home of the Millennium Manufacturing Facility, Shearer’s Foods’ new offering as the first platinum LEED-certified snack-food manufacturing facility in the world. The facility is on 34 acres in NEO Com Industrial Park.

The idea began five years ago when cofounder, chairman and CEO Bob Shearer heard GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt speak on sustainability and determined to make it part of the Shearer way of doing business. He began by enlisting the firm in the Energy Star Partnership Program.

Construction of the first phase began in July 2009 and consists of a 47,000-sf, $10 million pre-engineered building for the production of Shapers and Tangos. Construction on the second phase began in June 2010 and is scheduled to be completed in April 2011. The 64,000-sf, $12 million building will expand the new sustainable kettle and continuous chip lines along with logistics support. The equipment cost for both phases is $40 million. The future third phase consists of corporate offices at the same location estimated to begin in 2012 and finish in 2013.