RW Garcia, a San Jose, CA-based maker of artisan and all-natural corn-based snacks, has opened a 63,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Las Vegas. The plant features the latest in chip and cracker making technologies and brings 80 new jobs to the area.

“We have seen so much growth at RW Garcia over the past few years and opening this facility in Las Vegas greatly increases our manufacturing capacity, while still offering room for continued growth,” says Robert Garcia, president and CEO. “The business environment in Las Vegas really drew us in, and we greatly appreciate the willingness of the governor to help facilitate the new plant. We look forward to much success operating this facility in Nevada.”

In recent years, sales of RW Garcia-branded products and growth of the company’s private-label business began to outpace production at its plants in San Jose and Lincolnton, NC. The Las Vegas facility will enable the company to meet current demand as well as accommodate increased manufacturing capacity needs as it continues to grow.

Located in Clark County near North Las Vegas, the facility is outfitted with the latest equipment from leading manufacturers of chip and cracker making and packaging equipment. It also incorporates software customized to eliminate equipment variability and manufacture high-quality products with constant repeatability. In addition, the new facility will enable the company’s full production rate to increase from 11 million pounds of chips per year to more than 62 million pounds.