Kent-based Oberto Brands to add Nashville production facility

Kent-based Oberto Brands, a national leader in the meat snacks category and maker of Oh Boy, Oberto! jerky line, announced Wednesday the company will open a new production facility in Nashville, Tenn. in the first half of 2013, bringing hundreds of jobs to the area.

The new facility will join Oberto’s existing production facility at its headquarters in Kent, and is being added to help keep up with rapidly growing demand for Oberto’s products, which has doubled over the last few years, according to a company media release.

“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.”

The new facility will help continue to ensure that, unlike many of the large meat snack producers, all of Oberto’s U.S. products are made in the U.S. to guarantee only the highest quality and production standards, as well as to support the U.S. manufacturing industry. Oberto is continuing its commitment to Made in the USA started in 2010 when the company brought its manufacturing capabilities back to the U.S., from Brazil, creating nearly 300 jobs.

"I would like to welcome Oberto Brands to Tennessee and thank them for the jobs they will create in the Nashville area," Tennessee Governor 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."

The facility is being leased by Oberto and 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. Oberto will release job fair and hiring details as the facility nears opening, and more information will be available on  starting in early 2013.

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