Great Lake Cheese investing $100 million in Coffee County

Great Lake Cheese investing $100 million in Coffee County

October 15th, 2013 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

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.