JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - Snack food maker Cosmos Creations plans to expand in Junction City, building a new plant and tripling the workforce.
John Strasheim said his company plans to build a new 135,000 square foot facility south of the Country Coach plant.
Strasheim says their current 14,000 square foot plant is not large enough anymore to meet surging sales demand for the product.
"Sales have just continued to expand greatly, and we've just run out of production," said Strasheim, who purchased the business in 2011 and opened the small factory in early 2012.
Cosmos Creations makes puffed corn products in what they call savory and sweet flavors. The treats are made from corn meal, not popcorn.
The new facility will boost capacity to 7 times the current maximum.
The new plant could open before the end of the year.
To staff the facility, Strasheim predicts expanding the workforce at least triple in size from the current 55 employees.
"We're looking at about 150 jobs over the next 2 or 3 years as we are able to get that equipment in," he said.