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Smyrna Company Plans $6 million Expansion

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

SMYRNA, Tenn. - When it comes to groceries, consumers are looking for more convenience.  

"You get your salad and your shredded carrots already mixed in. It's a lot easier and quicker," one customer said.

It's a growing demand Taylor Farms Tennessee specializes in. "We do lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cabbage," said Taylor Farms Tennessee Controller Bryan Reason.

The Smyrna processing facility packages a lot of the produce from across the country that eventually makes it onto your plate.

"It's the lettuce you eat. It's the salads you buy off the shelf," Reason explained. "A lot of the quick serve restaurants; it's the tomato on the sandwich, the lettuce (and) the onions. It's the salad bars at a lot of the major restaurants you go to."

There are 850 employees who work feverishly to package the millions of pounds of produce with enough time for you to enjoy it.

"Everything we produce today will ship tonight for delivery in the morning for our customers, so they can turn it around and send it out."

The company is preparing for a $6 million expansion and is looking for 170 new employees. It's because there's an increased demand for healthier foods. Within the last year, the company began providing produce for healthier school lunches and it's been one of the main reasons for the expansion.

"We're in six states right now; the school districts in those states," Reason said. "(We're) helping them learn what the process is, how to get the product to them."

With businesses slowly bouncing back from harder times, this is one place that can't stop growing.

"It's just not slowing down. It's not slowing down. We're now the largest processor of produce in the country."

The expansion will be complete next spring or summer, but management said it's beginning to look at resumes. The company wants to hire more supervisors, quality control managers and add more people to the production lines. A lot of the jobs don't require prior experience.

Taylor Farms Tennessee  is located at 199 Sam Ridley Parkway. The company has 10 processing plants in United States and one in Mexico.


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