Global, family-owned food company to invest $27 million in Morristown, employ nearly 1,400 Tennesseans upon completion of project 

Rich Products (Rich’s) will invest $27 million to expand production at its Morristown manufacturing facility. Rich’s, a global, family-owned food company, will create 51 new manufacturing jobs in Hamblen County, bringing its total headcount throughout Tennessee to nearly 1,400 people. 

“We continue to invest heavily in our U.S. manufacturing footprint to create unparalleled value for our customers and opportunities for our people,” said Kevin Spratt, president, U.S. Canada Region, Rich Products. “As a proud member of the Tennessee community for nearly 50 years, we’re excited about what this expansion project will do for our business and the region. Not only are we expanding our team and creating jobs, but we’re adding production capacity to support our cake and cupcake business, which has seen a significant influx in demand. It is a true win-win for the community, our customers and consumers as a whole.”

The expansion of Rich’s Morristown facility will add 2,400 square feet of space, which will directly support enhanced production of its growing bakery business, serving national and regional grocery and club retailers. 

More than 40,000 Tennesseans are employed by food and agriculture companies, and Rich’s investment in our state will directly support this growing sector. We are proud to have Rich’s in Tennessee and believe Morristown and Hamblen County will continue to be the ideal location for this company’s success,” said TNECD Commissioner Stuart C. McWhorter.

The project is expected to be complete in Sept.  2024 with hiring slated to begin in June of this year. Rich’s was founded in 1945 and operates across more than 100 countries, employing approximately 13,000 people worldwide. The food company has a strong footprint across Tennessee, operating a network of manufacturing facilities, including two plants in Morristown, which currently employ 650 associates. 

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