St. Louis’ food production sector continues to grow with the addition of Marson Foods, which makes waffle products for schools nationwide, including best-known brands, including Wow Wow Classic Waffles and Waffle Envy Artisan Belgian Liege Waffles.

Marson is opening a $35 million manufacturing facility and warehouse in Hazelwood, which also recently welcomed specialty snack foods company 8th Avenue Food and Provision’s new manufacturing facility. The investment will help drive inclusive growth through the creation of 50 jobs in north St. Louis County with an average annual salary of over $110,000.

Greater St. Louis, Inc.’s business attraction team supported the City of Hazelwood and Missouri Partnership in helping Marson Foods locate in the metro. Said Greater St. Louis, Inc. Chief Business Attraction Officer Steve Johnson, “This new facility expands our growing food production sector, and Marson joins a growing number of firms choosing St. Louis because of our central location, established infrastructure, and advanced manufacturing ecosystem.”

Marson Foods is quickly making its presence felt in the metro. The St. Louis Business Journal reports that through its Wow Wow waffle brand, the company sponsors NASCAR Cup Series driver Cole Custer. Through that sponsorship, the company’s foundation matched donations to north St. Louis housing nonprofit Dream Builders 4 Equity in the weeks leading up to the “Enjoy Illinois 300” NASCAR race held last month at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois.

“We are excited for the new, high-quality jobs Marson is creating in our metro and for their contribution to our rapidly growing food production sector,” said GSL CEO Jason Hall. “It’s great to see how quickly they have become engaged in civic leadership here, and we look forward to their continued growth moving forward.”

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