McKee Foods Corp. will invest $19 million to expand production at its manufacturing facility in Stuarts Draft in Augusta County, creating 78 new jobs.
In announcing the expansion Tuesday, Gov. Bob McDonnell said, “McKee Foods has been an industry leader in Augusta County for more than 20 years, and continues to grow due to increased product demand. This significant investment and 78 new jobs further augment the company’s status as one of the region’s largest employers and a driver of the local economy.”
Based in Collegedale, Tenn., McKee Foods includes a group of companies with more than 6,000 employees and annual sales or more than $1 billion. The company’s products are available across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and on U.S. military bases around the world. One of its best known products is the Little Debbie brand snack cakes.
“McKee Foods initially recognized the strategic advantage of building a manufacturing facility in Augusta County more than two decades ago,” Randy Smith, vice president, McKee Foods Stuarts Draft operations, said in a statement. “A major point in that decision was seeing that the Shenandoah Valley gave us access to a highly-skilled work force. Today, we’re pleased to be able to expand our production capabilities here, to employ more of our neighbors and to add to the more than $46 million annual economic impact we currently make — all for the betterment of our local communities.”
McDonnell approved a $200,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Augusta County with the project. The company also is eligible to receive a Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit.
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