Oberto Brands, a national leader in the meat snacks category and maker of the popular Oh Boy, Oberto! jerky line, will open a new production facility in Nashville, Tennessee, creating more than 300 jobs in the region.
The new facility will join Oberto’s existing production facility at its headquarters in Kent, Washington. The firm said the additional facility is being added to help keep up with rapidly growing demand for Oberto’s products, which has doubled over the last few years and shows no sign of slowing down.
“After seeing tremendous growth over the past few years, we now need to significantly increase our production capabilities,” said Tom Ennis, CEO of Oberto Brands, which operates three core brands including Oh Boy, Oberto!, Lowrey’s Meat Snacks and Pacific Gold Beef Jerky. “We chose Nashville as the location for Oberto’s new production facility because of its great business climate and incredible workforce. We look forward to partnering with this dynamic, growing city to help us diversify our supply chain and get closer to the fastest growing region of our business.”
"I would like to welcome Oberto Brands to Tennessee and thank them for the jobs they will create in the Nashville area," Gov. Bill Haslam said. "It speaks volumes of Tennessee's business friendly environment and qualified workforce when a new company and nationally known brand chooses to locate in our state. We are working hard to become the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs, and Oberto Brands' announcement today brings us another step closer to reaching our goal."
The facility, which is owned by Corporate Property Associates 16 – Global, an affiliate of W. P. Carey Inc., is being leased by Oberto. It will open in the second quarter of 2013. Over the next few years, the new production facility will bring approximately 310 new jobs to the area ranging from plant director to line workers, Tennessee economic development officials said.
“Oberto’s decision to locate a plant in Nashville speaks to the vitality of our city and the talent of our workforce,” Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said. “I’m especially pleased that Oberto will be bringing an existing facility back to life. Filling vacant buildings in and around our urban core is important to the strength and future of our city.”
“Oberto Brands’ decision to open a manufacturing facility in Nashville is the result of a successful partnership between the state, local officials and the company,” Bill Hagerty, commissioner, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, said. “We look forward to having Oberto Brands as part of the Tennessee business community for many years to come.” While information on the firm’s estimated investment and whether any tax abatements were provided was not immediately available; The state has several incentive programs available to attract companies.