Pasta Maker Barilla Finishes $65M Upgrade at Iowa Plant

April 11, 2019

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Pasta Maker Barilla Finishes $65M Upgrade at Iowa Plant
A sign marking the entrance to the Barilla plant in Ames, IA. Image courtesy of Google Maps

Italian food company Barilla Group held an event on Wednesday to mark the completion of a $65 million capacity expansion project at the firm’s Ames, IA production plant and integrated durum mill, a company announcement said. 

With the upgrade, the facility now has eight production lines capable of producing 200,000 mt/yr of dry pasta. 

The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Barilla Group Chief Executive Officer Claudio Colzani, and Iowa State University president Wendy Wintersteen, and several local officials. 

“Over 20 years ago, we were drawn to the unparalleled work ethic of Iowans, the agricultural know-how of Iowa State University, and the proximity to favorable rail access as well as the critical regional supply of wheat,” the firm’s CEO said in a statement. “Barilla began U.S. production in Iowa in 1998, and we haven’t looked back. Our continued investments in this facility reflect our deep commitment to the Ames community.”

In 2015, the company invested in two new production lines for gluten-free pasta at the Ames site. 

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