Sunday, March 05, 2006

Crystal Hot Sauce Leaves New Orleans

Baumer foods Inc., most famous for its Crystal Hot Sauce is moving from their Tulane Avenue building. The specialty food company plans to occupy a building in St. John Parish.

Owner Alvin Baumer Jr would have liked to stay in New Orleans, however , hurricane Katrina filled their building with over five feet of water. Baumer was unable to find another suitable building within the Crescent City.

Before Katrina Baumer ran four lines twenty-four hours a day, five days a week. Baumer employed 220 people and posted sales of $54 million dollars.

Opening of the new plant is scheduled for the summer of 2006. Baumer expects to hire approximately 150 employees and hopes to expand and hire more people.

Baumer has a long history with the city of New Orleans. The company owns the building in New Orleans and is concidering keeping it as a warehouse. Many states have solicited him to relocate, but he never intended to relocate. The family business has operated in New Orleans since 1923.

Baumer to have their signature products back in restaurants and store shelves as soon as possible.

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