PORTLAND, Tenn.- A northeastern company has decided to establish roots in Tennessee and it means major job growth for mid-state one town.
On Thursday, Food Warming Equipment announced it will be expanding and adding a manufacturing facility in Portland, Tenn. The company has purchased a 161,000-square-foot building on Highway 31W in Sumner County.
Officials said the company's expansion will bring more than 100 jobs to the area.
"This expansion will help improve the quality and quantity of several Food Warming Equipment product lines, support our existing customer base and promote aspirations for future growth," said Curt Benson, VP of sales and marketing.
Leaders said that input from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce economic development was instrumental in their decision to come to Tennessee.
"Their recruiting efforts took a holistic approach to our needs by researching who we are, where we are, what we do currently and what future goals needed to be addressed. They went to great effort to accommodate and assist in locating a facility that would meet or surpass our needs," said Lichte, adding that Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean personally met with him during the site selection process.
Denise Geminden, the economic and community development director with the City of Portland, said that the city gladly welcomes FWE to the area.
"This company, which has been established for more than 50 years, has energy and environmental awareness, and they will provide quality job opportunities for our citizens," said Geminden.
Officials with FWE did not say when the facility would be up and running.