Canada’s Leclerc Foods Expanding in Tennessee
Leclerc Foods officials today announced the company will expand its Kingsport, Tenn., facility. 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.
“Since 2008, we have had a very positive experience with our development in the northeast Tennessee area,” says Francois Gingras, director of engineering, Leclerc Foods. “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 Mayor Phillips, who has been very proactive since day one to help us with our expansion in Kingsport.”
In addition to the Kingsport plant, Leclerc Foods has facilities located in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario and in the state of Pennsylvania. The company has been operating the Kingsport facility since 2008, and currently manufactures granola bars, crackers and cookies.
Founded in 1905 in Quebec City, Leclerc Foods is Canada’s leader in the production of cookies, snack bars and crackers. Leclerc brands include Praeventia, Celebration, Quattro and Chocomax, with products available in more than 20 countries around the world.
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