published Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Great Lake Cheese investing $100 million in Coffee County

Ohio-based Great Lakes Cheese will open its first Southeast manufacturing facility in Coffee County, Tenn., investing $100 million and creating over 200 new jobs, officials said today.

The company will construct a 330,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Manchester. The new site will be its ninth facility nationwide, according to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

“It speaks very highly of our state’s qualified and dedicated workforce when a company decides to expand here in Tennessee,” Haslam said in a statement.

Great Lakes Vice President of Operations Craig Filkouski said company officials believe that having strategically placed manufacturing facilities “is essential to serving the evolving needs of our customers and to provide opportunities for future growth.”

Employment at the new plant is slated to reach 200 people by 2019. Great Lakes Cheese anticipates it will begin the hiring process for the new facility in fall 2014.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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