Bridgetown Natural Foods Expands to Tennessee, Creating Jobs

Bridgetown Natural Foods to open new facility in Lebanon, Tennessee, creating 219 jobs.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart C. McWhorter, and officials from Bridgetown Natural Foods, LLC announced a significant investment in Lebanon, Tennessee. The Oregon-based food manufacturer will invest $78.3 million to establish a new manufacturing and distribution operation in Wilson County, aiming to create nearly 220 new jobs.

This strategic expansion marks Bridgetown Natural Foods’ second location beyond its headquarters on the West Coast. The new Lebanon facility is expected to produce nearly 100 million pounds of the company’s all-natural, organic, and gluten-free snack brands annually. This move is designed to optimize the company’s distribution network to the East Coast, reducing delivery times and shipping costs.

Bridgetown Natural Foods, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is recognized for its commitment to innovation and sustainability in the food production sector. With the addition of the Tennessee plant, Bridgetown will employ more than 600 people across its operations.

The project represents a continuation of Tennessee’s economic development success, with the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) having facilitated nearly 20 projects in Wilson County since 2020. These projects have pledged around 6,300 jobs and $1.2 billion in capital investment.

Governor Lee highlighted Tennessee’s thriving economy and welcoming business climate as key factors attracting companies like Bridgetown. Commissioner McWhorter emphasized the strategic advantages offered by Tennessee’s infrastructure and skilled workforce. Dan Klock, CEO of Bridgetown Natural Foods, expressed excitement about the expansion and the positive impact it will have on the Lebanon community.

Local officials, including Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto and Lebanon Mayor Rick Bell, praised the decision, highlighting the county’s strong workforce development pipeline, high quality of life, and business-friendly environment. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Middle Tennessee Electric also welcomed Bridgetown, underscoring the importance of job creation and investment in the region.

The announcement has been met with enthusiasm from state officials, including Sen. Mark Pody and Rep. Susan Lynn, who anticipate significant economic benefits for Wilson County.

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