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May 23, 2016

Mary's Gone Crackers expands and relocates HQ to Reno

Northern Nevada Business Weekly

The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) announced today that Mary's Gone Crackers, a manufacturer of organic and gluten-free healthy snacks will be opening a 420,000-square-foot manufacturing and research and development facility in Reno. The company headquarters will also be relocated to this site with plans to be operational by this fall.

"There were a lot of factors that went into coming to Reno," said Mary Waldner, founder and chairman of Mary's Gone Crackers. "We've had a hard time getting qualified people where we were at (Gridley, Calif.), because we were in a really small town."

She said it also made sense to move the company's headquarters to Reno and have all its operations under one roof.

"The manufacturing plant is the heart of what we do and it seemed better to move everything here, because our teams interact all the time and to have it split that severely eventually would be problematic."

Mary's Gone Crackers intends to hire over 200 employees by the end of 2017 at an average wage of $21.03. Craig Fraser, the company's vice president of human resources said with the help of EDAWN, 10 positions have already been filled including those in managerial roles.

Mary's Gone Crackers was founded in 2004 and today is the number-one selling organic and gluten free cracker brand in the United States with exports to Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, European Union, and Australia. Their products are available nationally at natural, specialty and mainstream grocery and club stores. The company was founded and inspired by a shortage of nutritious, gluten free options. The company received the Sofi Gold award for the most outstanding cracker at the New York Fancy Food Show.

The new bakery will be located in the North Valleys Commerce Center. The state-of-the-art facility developed by the Cal Logistics Platform, which is a joint venture of Panattoni Development Company and CalSTRS, and built by Alston Construction. 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 the Occupational, Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to qualify for the onsite Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). VPP promotes effective worksite based safety and health via a comprehensive management system.

Other local partners who assisted Mary's Gone Crackers with their decision are the Governor's Office of Economic Development (Brad Mamer, Cory Hunt, Ryan Smith), Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (Brad Linquist, Chris Volney, Yasushi Shiromi), Dickson Commercial Group (Scott Shanks), Kidder Mathews (Michael Hoeck), The Applied Companies (Jim Annis), Nevada Job Connect, Nevada Industry Excellence (Sandy Haslem, Rhea Gustafson), NV Energy (Johnny Hargrove), Truckee Meadows Community College (Deb O'Gorman, Jim New), French Gourmet (Rob Sredl), Kimmie Candy (John Dutra, Sonia Griffin), Now Foods (Nancy Recchio, Mardie Crawshaw), Nutrient Foods (Mark Roark) and Pacific Cheese (Bob Chevalier, Karla Rice).

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.

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