TN: Bridgetown Natural Foods to Establish Manufacturing, Distribution Operations in Wilson Co. | Trade and Industry Development

TN: Bridgetown Natural Foods to Establish Manufacturing, Distribution Operations in Wilson Co.

Apr 05, 2024
Innovative and sustainable food producer to expand West Coast operations, create nearly 220 new jobs in Lebanon.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart C. McWhorter and Bridgetown Natural Foods officials announced the company will invest $78.3 million to expand its Oregon-based operations by locating a manufacturing and distribution facility in Lebanon, Tennessee.

The Wilson County facility will be Bridgetown’s second location outside of its West Coast headquarters and 219 new jobs will be created as a result of the project.

Bridgetown’s new facility will house multiple manufacturing lines, which will produce nearly 100 million pounds of the company’s all-natural, organic and gluten-free snack brands annually and optimize distribution to the East Coast by shortening delivery times and decreasing shipping costs.

Bridgetown Natural Foods, LLC is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The company specializes in manufacturing and distributing its innovative and sustainable food products to customers across the U.S. Upon completion, Bridgetown will employ more than 600 people across its Oregon and Tennessee plants. 

Since 2020, TNECD has supported nearly 20 economic development projects in Wilson County, resulting in approximately 6,300 job commitments and $1.2 billion in capital investment.

“Tennessee is leading the nation with one of the fastest growing economies thanks to companies like Bridgetown that place their trust in our state, our skilled workforce and strong business climate. I welcome Bridgetown to Tennessee and believe Lebanon and the Greater Nashville region will be the ideal location to support this company’s growth.” – Gov. Bill Lee

“I can’t think of a better location to see Bridgetown expand than right here in Tennessee. Our state is fortunate to have more than 1,000 miles of interstate, six commercial airports and an exceptional workforce to enhance Bridgetown’s manufacturing and distribution in Tennessee.” – TNECD Commissioner Stuart C. McWhorter

“At Bridgetown, our community is an important stakeholder in our business. We are excited to expand in Tennessee and look forward to building our team and making a positive impact in the Lebanon community. Together, we will make the food we want our families to eat.” – Dan Klock, CEO, Bridgetown Natural Foods

“With their all-natural, organic and gluten-free brands, Bridgetown produces the perfect snack products. Naturally, with our strong education and workforce development pipeline, high-quality of life and business-friendly environment, we’re honored that the Bridgetown team recognized Wilson County as the perfect community to expand their food manufacturing operation.” – Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto.

“Lebanon is perhaps most widely recognized for the community’s iconic contributions to the food and restaurant industry. We’re excited to continue adding to that legacy with today’s food manufacturing announcement and that Bridgetown has chosen Lebanon for their first office, production and distribution facility away from their place of origin.” – Lebanon Mayor Rick Bell

“TVA and Middle Tennessee Electric congratulate Bridgetown on its decision to establish operations in Lebanon, Tennessee. Helping to attract companies creating jobs and investment in the region is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service. We are proud to partner with the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to further that mission and celebrate this announcement together.” – John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of economic development

“We are excited to welcome Bridgetown to Wilson County. The 219 new jobs and $78.3 million investment will be a big boost to our economy and create more economic opportunities for our citizens. Wilson County is a fantastic place to do business. Bridgetown made the right decision to locate here. I congratulate Bridgetown for beginning this new chapter in their company and appreciate the work of local and state officials for helping to secure this investment.” – Sen. Mark Pody (R-Lebanon)

“I’m proud to welcome Bridgetown to Tennessee. This is a significant investment into Wilson County that will create more than 200 new jobs and greatly benefit the local economy. I thank the company for choosing our community and I look forward to its successful operations here.” – Rep. Susan Lynn (R-Mount Juliet)

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