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T. Marzetti Co. announces $93 million investment in Hart Co.; expansion to create 140 jobs in Horse Cave

Gov. Andy Beshear will join local officials and executives from T. Marzetti Co. today to celebrate the company’s substantial job creation in Central Kentucky.

The company, which manufactures salad dressings, sauces and other food products for the retail and foodservice markets, plans to expand its Hart County plant with a $92.8 million investment creating up to 140 full-time jobs.

“I want to thank T. Marzetti for its commitment to the commonwealth and the workforce in Hart County,” Gov. Beshear said. “Our administration aims to spur job growth across the state, and existing companies like T. Marzetti will be at the center of those efforts. This is a significant announcement for Central Kentucky and I am excited about its next steps.”

The 184,500-square-foot expansion would allow for additional manufacturing space at the operation as well as the purchase of new equipment for increased dressing and sauce production. The investment will also support eight new processing kitchens and several packaging lines to help meet growing customer demand, with three kitchens and two packaging lines operating within the first year. Company leaders anticipate the project will be completed by summer 2021.

The T. Marzetti business dates to the late 19th Century as a food producer and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The company was acquired by Lancaster Colony Corp. in 1969. Lancaster Colony is also the parent company of several other food companies, including Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls Inc., which operates a frozen dinner roll plant adjacent to the T. Marzetti facility in Horse Cave. The T. Marzetti operation in Hart County currently employs more than 500 people and opened in 2006.

Including this latest announcement, T. Marzetti and Sister Schubert’s have combined to announce approximately $273 million in investment with the creation of more than 700 jobs in Hart County since 2004.

“We are very pleased to expand our operations in Hart County, Kentucky,” said Lancaster Colony President and CEO Dave Ciesinski. “The workforce and community here have provided us with great support since we first built and began production at the T. Marzetti facility 14 years ago. The need for this expansion has been driven by the tremendous success of our key customer partners and growth through innovation. Our decision to expand here is a testament to our strong ties to the community, our skilled and hard-working employees and the consistent support from the local and state entities during our many years of operation here in Horse Cave. We truly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the future growth of Hart County.”

Kentucky is home to more than 350 food and beverage-related facilities that employ over 52,000 people. Since 2014, the commonwealth has announced 315 food and beverage projects totaling nearly $4.8 billion in investment with the creation of more than 7,900 jobs.

This month’s Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) meeting produced six Gov. Beshear-announced projects in five counties – Barren, Hancock, Hart, Kenton and Warren. Those projects total more than $274 million in planned investment and 545 full-time Kentucky jobs.

For more information on T. Marzetti, visit www.tmarzetticompany.com.

From Governor’s Office

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