US food company Bob Evans Farms and its Owens Country Sausage unit have purchased a production plant in Sulphur Springs, Texas, to help expand its convenience food production.

Bob Evans said it invested US$4m in the facility, which it purchased from New York-based dessert marker Kozy Shack Enterprises.

The facility, which will initially employ 60 workers, will serve as the sandwich assembly plant for the company.

Bob Evans recently reports fourth-quarter earnings of $17.6m, compared to $17.5m a year earlier, reported Dow Jones News Service.