Nation Pizza and Foods’ facilities are always bustling. The aroma of buttery pizza crust and delectable pizza sauce waft through the air at the company’s Schaumburg, Ill., production facility and headquarters, where some 1,000 employees work. During a visit to the high-speed, 190,000-sq.-ft. production plant, Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery toured one of the facility’s two bakeries, which is equipped with a low-stress production line that was running 6-in.-round pizza crusts. “Here, we produce well more than 30,000 lb. of dough an hour,” observes Mike Alagna, chief operations officer, who led us on a guided tour.
We also visited one of two elaborate topping rooms, which was running (among many other things) a 12-in. frozen pizza for one of the country’s biggest food companies.