Maker of Little Debbie Cakes to Expand Tennessee Plant

March 19, 2020

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Maker of Little Debbie Cakes to Expand Tennessee Plant
McKee Foods is investing $500 million in its operations in Collegedale, TN over the next 15 years. Image courtesy of Flickr user rusty_clark

The maker of Little Debbie brand snack cakes, McKee Foods Corporation, announced plans on March 10 to invest $500 million in its operations in Collegedale, TN over the next 15 years, including “a large expansion” of its Apison plant. 

During the project, the company will spend $110 million to double the footprint of the Apison plant and add new production lines there and make improvements to its other facilities in Collegedale. The first phase of the project is slated to start this summer. 

“McKee Foods is very pleased that we are able to bring more jobs and more bakery capacity to our Hamilton County operations,” Mike McKee, president and chief executive officer of McKee Foods, said in a release. “Our family business is blessed to have such deep roots in southeast Tennessee – a region where thoughtful infrastructure investment is being made while keeping a keen eye on livability and workability for our employees and the surrounding communities.”

Two expansion projects have been carried out at the Apison plant since it opened in 1997. McKee Foods tripled the size of the structure in 2006. 

The company said 125 new jobs will be created at McKee Foods’ Collegedale operations over the next seven years. 

Snack foods and confectionery firm Mondelez International said in Feburary that it is taking on a “significant” majority interest in North American sweet baked goods producer Give & Go, strengthening the company’s snacking portfolio. 

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