February 13, 2009 (Frankfort, Ky.)
Gov. Steve Beshear and Economic Development Cabinet Interim Secretary Larry Hayes today announced J.M. Smucker LLC will add a new production line to its Scottsville plant, investing $3 million dollars and creating an additional 25 jobs in the community.
"We’re delighted with the positive news resulting from the success and growth of The J.M. Smucker Company plant in Allen County," said Gov. Beshear. "Kentucky is proud to partner with the company and community to bring this additional investment and jobs to the south central Kentucky region."
The announcement comes after the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved J.M. Smucker LLC for tax incentives up to $550,000 under the Kentucky Rural Economic Development Act, an incentive program designed to increase manufacturing employment in the state.
Currently, 288 employees work at the Scottsville plant, which makes Smucker’s Uncrustables frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
The additional line will bring a new “grab and go” waffle product to the plant. "The addition of the new Snack’n Waffles line to our Scottsville facility will allow us to better meet the needs of our consumers while continuing to grow the successful operation already in place there," said Maribeth Badertscher, director of corporate communications for The J.M. Smucker Company. "We are pleased to be adding these 25 new jobs and to continuing to build our strong partnership with Scottsville and Allen County."
"The Smucker’s plant is a great asset for Scottsville, Allen County and the entire South Central Kentucky region, and I am excited about the new product the company will be making in Allen County," said Richie Sanders, director of economic development for Scottsville and Allen County. "By adding another 25 jobs to their facility here, they are creating more wealth for our area and are making a positive impact on our community."
"Today is a great day in our community because of Smucker’s commitment to bring additional jobs to Allen County," said Jordan Clarke, chairman of the Allen County Economic Development Authority. "We're grateful to Smucker for the opportunity it is creating for our citizens."
Allen County is part of the South Central Kentucky regional partnership, taking advantage of the enhanced marketing package offered by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. The South Central Kentucky partnership was formed to help bring in new industries and expand current industries throughout the entire region.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for creating new jobs and new investment in the state. New business investment in Kentucky in 2007 totaled nearly $2 billion with the creation of over 13,400 new jobs. Information on available development sites, workforce training, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other resources is available at www.ThinkKentucky.com.