Mount Franklin Foods LLC, a manufacturer of branded, contract, and private-label confectionery, nuts, snacks, foodservice products, and dry blended ingredients, has opened a 220,000-square-foot state-of-the-art candy manufacturing facility in San Jeronimo, Mexico. The facility is located at a port of entry in the Mexican state of Chihuahua across the US border from Santa Teresa, NM, and the company’s headquarters in El Paso, TX. The facility will add 130 million pounds of capacity in soft non-chocolate candy for the company along with more than 300 additional jobs. The facility’s first line opened in October 2020 and the second line will be fully operational by the second quarter of 2021. A packaging line will also be included in the facility serving a wide range of bag sizes as well as research and development for future products.