Background information on Full-Fill, ConAgra agreement

Published Wednesday, April 27, 2011  by   Full-Fill Industries LLC

About Full-Fill Industries LLC

Launched in 2000, Full-Fill Industries LLC is a family-owned company that manufactures aerosol cooking spray for the retail and foodservice markets. The company, based in Henning, Illinois, has become one of the leading manufacturers of food aerosol products in the country in a short decade of operation. The majority of their sprays – canola (soy), oil and butter – feature private labels and are sold in major retail grocery chains across the country and internationally. Full-Fill Industries LLC also produces well-known retail cooking spray brands such as Crisco® and Mazola®.

The company is owned and managed by the Clapp Family of Danville, Illinois. The management team has more than 115 collective years of experience in the aerosol product manufacturing industry. The partners include David L. Clapp, President and CEO; Steven L. Clapp, Senior Vice President,Technical Services; Jonathon W. Clapp, Senior Vice President, Operations; Charles H. Clapp, Senior Vice President, Research and Development; and Catherine S. Owen, Partner.

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About ConAgra Foods®

Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, ConAgra Foods® distributes many lines of products for the consumer and commercial food industries. The Consumer Foods segment includes leading branded products provided to retail and foodservice customers in the United States and internationally. ConAgra Foods® products include Egg Beaters®, Healthy Choice®, Hunt’s® and Orville Redenbacher’s® and are found in 97 percent of America’s households. Their cooking spray, PAM®, is the brand leader.

ConAgra was founded in 1919 by Frank Little and Alva Kinney, who brought together four grain mills as Nebraska Consolidated Mills. Initially headquartered in Grand Island, Nebraska, it moved to Omaha in 1922. Nebraska Consolidated Mills started Duncan Hines in 1951 as a way to market more flour by selling cake mixes. In 1971, Nebraska Consolidated Mills changed its name to ConAgra Foods®, and added a selection of other brands from firms like RJR Nabisco® and Beatrice Foods®.

ConAgra Foods® is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock symbol is CAG.

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About the Strategic Contract Manufacturing Agreement

Full-Fill Industries LLC and ConAgra Foods® have entered into a strategic contract manufacturing agreement. In the next 12 to 18 months, Full-Fill Industries LLC will expand our operation to include three new production lines and additional warehouse space. The agreement means Full-Fill Industries LLC will manufacture ConAgra Foods® cooking spray products, including the brand leader PAM®.

About the Products

Full-Fill Industries LLC will manufacture the popular product PAM® Cooking Spray and other cooking sprays with private consumer labels. Full-Fill Industries LLC will continue to manufacturing cooking sprays for our current customers.

PAM® is the brand leader of cooking spray, and its history goes back more than 50 years.

The first patent for a no-stick cooking spray was issued in 1957 to Arthur Meyerhoff, Sr. and Leon Rubin, who started PAM Products, Inc.—the name stood for Product of Arthur Meyerhoff. The men later founded Gibralter Industries and developed a new product: PAM® No-Stick Cooking Spray. In the early '60s, a loyal user group was established through the introduction of PAM® on local Chicago TV cooking shows. Carmelita Pope, a well-known Chicago personality, endorsed PAM® and demonstrated its many uses. PAM® quickly became a household word.

The easy-to-use spray was widely regarded as the perfect substitute for sautéing with butter, margarine, or oils.

About Impact on Manufacturing Operations

Full-Fill Industries LLC has three production lines dedicated to cooking spray manufacturing.

Our current facility, at 400 North Main Street, Henning, Illinois, includes a 22,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and two 50,000-square-foot warehouses.

Corporate offices and the laboratory are housed in the renovated 20,000-square-foot former Henning High School building, which was constructed in 1920. The company currently employs 94 people.

Full-Fill Industries LLC will install three new production lines in 25,000 square feet of new manufacturing space. To handle the increase demand on shipping and logistics, the company will add 108,000 square feet of space for warehousing, eight loading docks and oil storage.

About Employment

The agreement will mean approximately 150 new positions at Full-Fill Industries LLC, including management and manufacturing operation team members. Those positions will be posted on its website as they become available: