You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Bob Evans to expand Xenia Twp. plant

Bob Evans Farms Inc. has told Greene County officials that it will expand its BEF Foods food processing plant on Birch Road, but the company is providing few additional details.

The Columbus-based company — soon to move its headquarters to New Albany, Ohio — filed notice with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last week that it will close its food production plant in Richardson, Texas in the second quarter of fiscal year 2014. About 111 workers will be impacted by the closure, the company said.

As part of that plan, the company will expand plants in Xenia Township and Hillsdale, Mich. Bob Evans will invest $4 million of capital in fiscal 2014 and $10 million in fiscal 2015 to add equipment to both facilities “to absorb the Richardson capacity,” the company said in its filing.

The company expects a total annual pre-tax benefit of about $2 million to $2.5 million from the consolidation plan.

Beyond that, Bob Evans is saying little.

“The production from the Richardson plant will be shifted to our Xenia, Ohio, and Hillsdale, Mich., facilities, and we’re currently evaluating opportunities for additional investments in those facilities,” Bob Evans spokeswoman Margaret Standing said in an email to the Dayton Daily News on Tuesday. “But it is too soon to quantify the possible investment in Xenia, or to know how many additional jobs this may lead to at that facility.”

“The company notified the county and city that they were going upgrade their production facility and equipment here locally, but there was no indication that there would be an increase in jobs,” said David Kell, Greene County economic development director.

Steve Brodsky, Xenia development director, said company representatives spoke to local officials about six weeks ago. The company told local officials it intended to update production lines and make improvements in anticipation of the Texas plant closing, he said, but “they weren’t sure what impact it would have as far as additional people,” Brodsky said.

M+A Architects in Columbus have filed construction drawings with the county showing plans for a new 4,684-square-foot building at the Xenia Twp. plant. Standing did not respond to a question about whether those plans are tied to the expansion. Greene County buildings officials could not be immediately reached.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Business

INSIDE LOOK: Nearly $1M home for sale near Piqua
INSIDE LOOK: Nearly $1M home for sale near Piqua

A custom-built home on U.S. 36 near Piqua is for sale for more nearly $1 million. The custom two-story home is located at 1538 E. U.S. 36 outside Piqua in Miami County and is listed for sale by Coldwell Banker at $949,900. The house has 8,500 square feet of living space, with five bedrooms, five full baths, 3 half baths, 3 fireplaces, study, media...
Nordstrom selling work jeans covered in fake mud for $425
Nordstrom selling work jeans covered in fake mud for $425

  After it was ridiculed for selling designer rocks at Christmas, Nordstrom may have topped itself with its latest offer. The department store is offering a pair of jean covered in fake mud for a whopping $425. The retailer described its new Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans on its website as "rugged Americana workwear that's seen some...
STORE CLOSINGS: Sears to close 50 auto centers
STORE CLOSINGS: Sears to close 50 auto centers

Sears Holdings is set to close 50 Auto Center locations, the company announced. Sears updated investors last week on its strategic restructuring program, stating the company aimed to save $1.25 billion through some store closures in 2017. The company already announced it would close 108 Kmart stores and 42 Sears locations. » RETAIL APOCALYPSE...
Two area health systems named Top 15 in nation
Two area health systems named Top 15 in nation

Kettering Health Network and Mercy Health have been named two of the Top 15 health systems in the nation by the international business research firm Truven Health Analytics. It’s the fifth appearance on the Top 15 list for the Dayton-based Kettering system, comprised of eight hospitals, including Kettering Medical Center, Fort Hamilton, Soin...
675 Ohioans complained about mortgage servicer sued by feds
675 Ohioans complained about mortgage servicer sued by feds

State and federal authorities have sued mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial Corp., saying the company botched the handling of millions of mortgage accounts, including 675 Ohio complaints. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Thursday that the accounts Ocwen serviced were riddled with errors throughout the repayment process. It said the company...
More Stories