Wholesale food service and equipment supplier KaTom Restaurant Supply, Inc. will expand its distribution operations in Sevier County, Tennessee. The $7.5 million project is expected to create 120 new jobs over the next five years.
The company will expand its Kodak site by adding an additional 100,000 square feet of space to its existing warehouse fulfillment center. The investment will help strengthen KaTom’s ability to meet its growing food service customer demands for restaurant, kitchen, bar and pizza equipment and supplies.
"We are the all-American dream. This is a win for Tennessee, a win for Sevier County and a win for team KaTom. This will allow us to expand our facilities, hire more amazing Tennesseans and serve many clients all across America from right here in beautiful Kodak, Tennessee. We are grateful and enamored by the support from Governor Lee and all others involved to make this dream grow bigger and better,” Patricia Bible, founder, president and CEO, KaTom Restaurant Supply, LLC said.
Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Kodak, Tennessee, KaTom is one of the nation’s largest restaurant equipment suppliers with more than 130,000 items on its virtual and physical shelves that can be shipped within one day from the company’s East Tennessee operations. Today, KaTom employs more than 200 at its sole facility in Kodak.
“TNECD strives to provide businesses with the tools and resources needed to thrive, so KaTom’s decision to expand in Sevier County is proof that we are doing our job to make Tennessee the right place for business. We thank KaTom for its investment in Kodak and look forward to seeing its future success,” added TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe.