Ohio fresh-cut processor Freshway Foods is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

The Sidney-based company has grown from five employees and an 8,000-square foot facility at its founding to 400 employees and a 100,000-square-foot facility today, according to a news release.

Many of Freshway’s employees have been with the company, which was founded by co-owners Frank and Phil Gilardi, for 20 or more years.

“We are very proud to see so many dedicated associates at Freshway Foods,” said Frank Gilardi, chief executive officer. “Our ability to recruit, hire, and maintain a loyal workforce is a significant competitive advantage in our industry.”

Freshway’s distribution area now covers more than 60% the U.S. population. In 2003, the company created Freshway Logistics, a fleet of 41 power units and 53 trailers that serves customers east of the Mississippi from Maine to Florida.

Looking ahead, Freshway values its loyal work force.

“We are very fortunate that our surrounding community provides us with plenty of support,” said Phil Gilardi, president. “We very much look forward to celebrating many more milestones of growth with our family of associates.”