Governor Lee, Commissioner McWhorter Announce SK Food Group, Inc. to Establish Manufacturing Operations in Bradley County
- Leading custom food manufacturer to invest $205 million in fourth production facility
- Project to create 840 new jobs in Cleveland by 2030
CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart McWhorter and SK Food Group, Inc. officials announced today the company will invest $205.2 million to construct its fourth production facility with Cleveland, Tennessee, as its newest location.
As a result of the project, SK Food Group will create 840 new jobs in Bradley County by 2030.
SK Food Group’s new 525,000-square-foot manufacturing facility will support the company’s growing consumer demand by utilizing state-of-the-art automated technology to assist with sandwich assembly and food handling.
Located on Lot 1 in the Spring Branch Industrial Park in Cleveland, construction will begin before the end of the year and is anticipated to reach completion in 2025.
Founded as a mobile catering business in 1942, SK Food Group is an Arizona-based premium custom foods manufacturer. Today, the company specializes in supplying sandwiches, wraps, snacks, flatbreads, burgers and other protein snacks for branding by corporate customers worldwide.
Since 2018, TNECD has supported more than 50 economic development projects in the Southeast Tennessee region, resulting in approximately 7,600 job commitments and nearly $3.3 billion in capital investment.
“Companies choose to invest in Tennessee because of our unmatched business climate and exceptional workforce. I thank SK Food Group for its commitment to create 840 new high-quality jobs and greater opportunity for Tennesseans across Bradley County.” – Gov. Bill Lee
“We continue to see Tennessee flourish as the place for business thanks to companies like SK Food Group that choose to invest in our state, our skilled workforce and our communities. Cleveland and Bradley County have proven to be the ideal location for SK Foods, and we are proud that this company will soon call the Volunteer State home.” – TNECD Commissioner Stuart McWhorter
“We are very excited to be adding the Cleveland, Tennessee, facility to our growing family of facilities, which span across the U.S. This project will generate 840 new jobs in the Cleveland region by 2030 and will leverage Cleveland’s best-in-class technology training program, along with our proprietary training and educational programs, to provide ongoing skills development to community members and allow our company to grow together with the community.” – Dustin Dixon, president, SK Food Group, Inc.
“Manufacturing has been an anchor of Bradley County’s economy since our founding, and food production has been an important component for much of that history. Today we welcome and celebrate the addition of SK Food Group to our family. Their state-of-the-art facility for prepared foods is exactly what we have been working to bring to the Spring Branch Industrial Park, and I thank the company and its leadership for their commitment to the community and the benefit our citizens will gain from the jobs your facility will provide over the next seven years and beyond.” – Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis
“The citizens of Cleveland welcome SK Food Group to the community. The Spring Branch Industrial Park is the perfect location for the company’s state-of-the-art food processing facility, and we look forward to working with the entire team to ensure their customers in the U.S. and Canada continue to receive the highest quality food products and service they have enjoyed for years. Thank you for your commitment to locate in our city, the investment in the community, and, most importantly, the 800-plus life changing opportunities you will provide the residents of Cleveland and Bradley County.” – Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks
“TVA and Cleveland Utilities congratulate SK Food Group on its decision to establish operations in Bradley County. TVA is proud to partner with the City of Cleveland, Bradley County, the Cleveland-Bradley Chamber of Commerce and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to support companies, like SK Food Group, that are creating new job opportunities and investment in the region.” – John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of economic development
“This new SK Food Group manufacturing facility is great news for Bradley County. This big investment proves Bradley County is on the right track in economic development efforts. I appreciate the work of state and local officials who helped secure these jobs.” – Sen. Adam Lowe (R-Calhoun)
“I am proud to welcome SK Food Group to Cleveland. This new manufacturing facility will create hundreds of new jobs in our community that will benefit residents and our local economy tremendously. I appreciate the hard work of our local and state economic development leaders who helped make this significant investment in Bradley County possible.” – Rep. Kevin Raper (R-Cleveland)
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