Mary’s Gone Crackers®, a manufacturer of organic and gluten-free healthy snacks, will open a new manufacturing and R&D facility in Reno, Nevada. The company headquarters will also be relocated to the site with plans to be operational by this fall. Mary’s Gone Crackers intends to hire over 200 employees by the end of 2017. The company was awarded business incentives in March 2016.
The new bakery will be more than 420,000 square feet and will be located in the North Valleys Commerce Center. The state-of-the-art facility developed by the Cal Logistics Platform and built by Alston Construction, will be a green building that will be a healthy, resource-efficient and cost effective workplace. When completed, the project will be submitted to the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) status. Consistent with current operations, the company will work with OSHA to qualify for the onsite Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). VPP promotes effective worksite based safety and health via a comprehensive management system.
Mary’s Gone Crackers was founded in 2004 and today is the #1 selling organic and gluten free cracker brand in the United States with exports to Canada, Mexico, the UK, Europe, and Australia.
“Today, nearly 30% of adults in this country are actively trying to reduce or eliminate gluten from their diets. This is not a fad. It’s a $15 billion movement,” said Mary Waldner, founder and chairman of Mary’s Gone Crackers. “We bake organic, gluten free, vegan crackers, cookies and pretzels with whole grains, flours and seeds that are full-flavored, crave-able and deeply satisfying.”
“We are excited that Mary’s Gone Crackers has selected Reno for their new manufacturing operations and the place to be for their dramatic projected growth,” said Mike Kazmierski, CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN). “The fact that they also chose to move their headquarters here is significant and shows that they intend to be here for the long term. I look forward to tasting their healthy snack offerings.”
“EDAWN has been a great partner as we begin the recruitment process,” said Craig Fraser, the company’s Vice President of Human Resources. “We have already hired 10 new roles, including key managers to lead this expansion.”
In 2012, Mary’s Gone Crackers sold a majority stake of the company to Kameda Seika, Co. Ltd., Japan’s largest manufacturer of rice crackers.
“Northern Nevada’s economic recovery depends on putting our community back to work,” said Reno City Councilmember Paul McKenzie, representative of Ward 4, where the new facility will be located. “Mary’s Gone Crackers is committed to bringing hundreds of jobs to our area, and we’re excited to see them contribute to Reno’s growth.”
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