MDS Foods Inc. is set to expand its Tullahoma, TN cheese facility with a nearly $9 million investment.
The Ohio-based manufacturer will add around 10,000 sq ft for new cheese production lines and 48,000 sq ft of cooler space for distribution of finished products, according to a news release.
“We are excited to continue growing by expanding our team here in Tullahoma,” said President Jim Straughn in a statement, noting the business has been in that area for 15 years.
MDS Foods served as a redistributor of cheeses until opening its own manufacturing facility in Tennessee in 2008. By 2014, the company had also built a new cheese packaging facility.
The expansion will create 75 new jobs, growing the company's workforce in Tennessee to around 200 people.
“Tennessee’s quality workforce and unmatched business climate make our state the ideal location for companies to succeed,” Gov. Bill Lee said in a statement.
The state has a host of manufacturing-friendly policies such as low taxes, right-to-work law making union membership for workers optional, as well as designating manufacturing as one of five types of companies which qualify for tax incentives to relocate or expand in the state.
MDS Foods has supplied premium cheese slices, shreds, cubes, and loaves to US supermarkets and restaurants for nearly 20 years.