Governor John Kasich participates in the ribbon cutting at the expansion of Nestlé Quality Assurance Center in Dublin, Ohio.
Joining the governor are Aaron Ayers, Director of the Dublin facility; Edgar Vanegas, Quality Manager and NQAC Manger Zone Americas for Nestlé; Gregory Pritchard, Vice President Quality Management, Nestlé USA and Paul Backus, President, Nestlé Corporate Affairs.
Also attending the Nestlé expansion event is U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi from the 12th district of Ohio, and Dublin Mayor Greg Peterson.
Nestlé has elevated its commitment to quality and safety with a $31 million investment in the Nestlé Quality Assurance Center (NQAC) in Dublin, Ohio, which was designed to raise the bar for the verification of food safety and quality standards and provide support for the implementation and maintenance of food safety programs. As a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness, Nestlé has invested in advanced food safety systems and the development of a world-class network of quality and safety experts and laboratories. NQAC Dublin is now the largest and most sophisticated testing facility in the Nestlé network and possibly the world.
The newly expanded NQAC is now the lead quality assurance center for all Nestlé businesses in the Americas. It has nearly doubled in size to 82,000 square feet, including an expanded 32,000 square foot microbiology lab, and completely renovated chemistry lab and associated facilities that increase capacity and efficiency, and improve safety for all products tested.
The Dublin NQAC is staffed by more than 220 chemists, microbiologists, food scientists, quality specialists and support staff who offer specialized laboratory services, factory hygiene and food safety systems around the clock to Nestlé production facilities throughout the Americas.
The investment in the NQAC in Dublin is another example of the company's ongoing commitment to the state of Ohio. Nestlé employs more than 3,400 people across the state in a variety of businesses. Nestlé's Solon, Ohio campus serves as headquarters for Nestlé USA's Frozen, Baking, and Pizza and Snacks divisions as well as Nestlé Professional and Nestlé Business Services. In 2015, Nestlé supported the frozen and chilled business with a $50 million investment in the Nestlé Research and Development Center, Solon - one of 12 centers of excellence around the world. Nestlé also operates another research facility in Marysville, Ohio, which specializes in ready-to-drink beverage development, premium coffee and tea. Over 250 employees are based there, providing expertise in beverage science, packaging and technology.