Video courtesy of Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development youtube page.

The facility is expected to bring with it 250 jobs

Baxter – On Tuesday, Upper Cumberland and Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development (TNECD) officials joined Portobello Group and Portobello America officials to celebrate the grand opening of its U.S. headquarters and first U.S. production facility in Baxter, Tennessee.

Here is that story in pictures.

Crowd – A large crowd was on hand for both Saturday’s private celebration and the open celebration on Tuesday.

“I want to thank Portobello for committing to the future of Baxter,” Baxter Mayor John Martin said, according to a release by TNECD. “We have been dedicated to growing our city for a long time and I’m so proud that we’re seeing the fruits of the work that we’ve put in. We look forward to a long partnership that will create tremendous economic impact for our citizens.”

Happiness – Portobello’s opening has been a long road.

“Portobello represents the largest capital investment for a manufacturing project in our county’s history, and we thank them for becoming our newest economic development partner,” Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter said. “I’m proud of all the work that went into getting us to this point and our team is ready to continue working with Portobello for many years to come.”

Celebrate – Upper Cumberland and state officials gathered for the opening.

“Growing and developing in the American market, incorporating the local culture, generating job opportunities and investments through an integrated business model, from production to partnership with distributors, is what guides this new challenge,” Portobello President Cesar Gomes, Junior said. “We are proud to present Portobello America. We believe in the strategy, the market potential and, above all, the combination of our know-how with the American team and culture.”

Photos courtesy of Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development.

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