CSM Bakery Solutions, Sandy Springs, GA, recently announced several actions designed to optimize its operations and better serve its expanding customer base.

“We are excited about the overall landscape of our industry and the role we can play in delivering some of the industry's best fresh-baked goods to our customers,” says Robert Sharpe, president and CEO. “With these actions, we are clearly investing in our future. In the next two years, we will dedicate more than 150 million euros to position our company for long-term growth.”

Among the investments planned or already taking place are infrastructure and capacity improvements in CSM’s Atlanta Ingredients operations; equipment and infrastructure upgrades in the company’s facilities in Eagan, MN; Dallas; and Colton and Pico Rivera, CA; and a series of process improvements in its Ogden, UT, operations. In the United Kingdom, CSM is making similar infrastructure and equipment upgrades in its existing Bradford and Daventry operations, plus building a new, high-tech facility in Daventry.

Due to lack of capacity or other constraints, CSM will close its manufacturing operations in Houston toward the end of 2016, and in Esher and Ashington, both in the U.K., by the end of 2017.

“These actions will enhance our overall productivity, capabilities and capacity to allow us to profitably grow the business in the years ahead," says Sharpe. “We have a great passion to deliver industry-leading solutions to our customers, and these actions enhance our ability to do so. Our customers' growth and success will be our growth and success.”