The Edmond Sun

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April 29, 2014

Official: AdvancePierre changes impact 40 Edmond jobs

ENID — AdvancePierre Foods announced plans Monday to relocate its Cincinnati, Ohio, headquarters to the suburb of Blue Ash, Ohio, as well as the relocation of about 40 jobs from Oklahoma. Most of those Oklahoma jobs are located in Edmond, said Michael Sims, AdvancePierre chief financial officer.

“In connection with the announced Blue Ash headquarters and support center establishment, none of the jobs in Enid are affected by that decision,” Sims said Tuesday. “This is a consolidation in Cincinnati of the senior leadership and the commercial business unit, i.e. sales and marketing activities that were previously disbursed throughout both Cincinnati area and Edmond, Okla.

“So, the production operations and the support functions that exist in Enid today are not affected at all by the announcement that was made yesterday.”

Sims said the jobs being relocated from Edmond are mostly sales, marketing and finance positions.

AdvancePierre Foods, a manufacturer of value-added protein and sandwich products, will relocate more than 100 executives and staff members to the new company headquarters in May, according to a press release.

“As we build to become the premier value-added protein and sandwich producer in our very competitive marketplace, we are uniting senior company leaders in our new corporate headquarters in the city of Blue Ash,” AdvancePierre Foods President, CEO and board member John Simons said in the release.

The new headquarters also will serve as a support center with senior leadership and commercial business unit activities for sales, marketing and related finance, as well as some research and innovation personnel, Sims said.

The existing headquarters facility will be repurposed and renovated as a shared services facility for various functions, including back office finance, information technology and some engineering. Sims said the research and innovation test kitchens also will be expanded in the existing facility.

There is really “no great financial impact” under the changes, Sims said.

“The real impact of this is about uniting all the leadership of the company into one place. And that, hopefully, is going to, over time, help us improve our customer support and increase the pace of our innovation activities,” Sims said.

Enid’s Advance Foods was merged with Cincinnati’s Pierre Foods in 2010. Sims said AdvancePierre employs about 1,600 in the Enid area — between five manufacturing sites, a distribution center and administrative positions in the downtown area.

JESSICA MILLER writes for the Enid News & Eagle.

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