The former Noodles By Leonardo plant in Cando, ND will begin limited production of pasta later this month under new ownership. The plant, which closed last year, is now owned by Cando Pasta LLC, a partnership of local businessmen Jim and Bruce Gibbens and two other investors. The Grand Forks Herald reports that the plant's re-opening is a windfall for Cando, a town of 1,125 people.
The plant will make elbow macaroni and shells, spaghetti and lasagna. The company now employs about 20 people, and another 10 are likely to be hired when production begins. Employment will grow to 60 or 70 in the next several months. Jim Gibbons says when the plant reaches full production, it should have an annual payroll of $2 million to $2.5 million.