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Nestle USA is moving its frozen pizza division from Northbrook to suburban Cleveland, joining its other businesses and an expanding research center there.

Nestle’s Glendale, Calif.-based U.S. arm announced the move Wednesday. The world’s largest food company expects about 250 jobs eventually to come from the move and associated growth.

Nestle acquired the pizza division from Kraft Foods in 2010 for $3.7 billion. It makes such brands as DiGiorno, California Pizza Kitchen, Tombstone and Jack’s.

The company said the relocated operation can benefit from proximity to the $53 million product technology center it is building in Solon, which is scheduled to open in early 2015. The R&D center will specialize in frozen and chilled foods research.



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