Leclerc to expand Kingsport operations, add 40 jobs

Hank Hayes • Mar 14, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Tennessee Economic and Community Development (ECD) Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Leclerc Foods officials today announced the company will expand its Kingsport operation.

The Canadian food manufacturer is expanding one of its existing lines and adding one new production line for granola bars and baked bars, resulting in a $15.7 million investment and the creation of 40 new jobs at their facility off the Airport Parkway, according to the Tennessee ECD.

"Tennessee and Canada have long enjoyed a mutually beneficial economic partnership through exporting and foreign direct investment," Hagerty said. "International companies understand the advantages of doing business in Tennessee with our favorable exchange rate, skilled workforce, ideal location and outstanding transportation infrastructure. I thank Leclerc Foods for expanding in Kingsport and for the continued investment in our state and its citizens."

"Since 2008, we have had a very positive experience with our development in the Northeast Tennessee area," Francois Gingras, Leclerc's director of Engineering, said. "The quality of the local suppliers, the skilled workforce and the good collaboration of all the local authorities has really created a good business environment for us. Especially (Kingsport) Mayor (Dennis) Phillips, who has been very proactive since day one to help us with our expansion in Kingsport."

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