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Ceremony marks Anita’s takeover of Pure Foods Kingsport site

Hank Hayes • Aug 1, 2018 at 8:56 AM

KINGSPORT — A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday for Anita’s Snack Foods’ takeover of the former Pure Foods facility in the Gateway Commerce Park.

Anita’s is a privately owned, family-run snack food manufacturer based in San Bernardino, California.

Plant manager Greg Kennedy said Anita’s plans to employ more than 100 people by the first of the year.

The company has already invested $500,000 in the facility and that amount is expected to grow to $4 million over the next few years, Kennedy added.

The Kingsport Economic Development Board, at its May meeting, approved the Anita’s lease for the building.

City Manager Jeff Fleming said the company’s decision to locate in Kingsport reflects the Tri-Cities’ important location in a national market.

Anita’s can serve the East Coast from right here, Fleming added.

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