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T. Marzetti Co. to resume Hart Co. expansion halted by pandemic; project to total $133 million

T. Marzetti Co. on Monday announced additional growth plans in Hart County, which will increase the company’s expansion project announced a year ago from 140 to 220 full-time jobs and represents the company’s largest-ever investment of $133 million, up from $93 million.

The Marzetti operation in Horse Cave manufactures salad dressings, sauces and other foods for retail and foodservice markets. It currently employs over 500 people.

“As we work to build back our economy and ensure a brighter future for Kentuckians, the same can be said of companies like T. Marzetti Co.,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “This company already announced a substantial expansion this time last year, and its leaders have taken that project a step further to provide even more quality jobs for residents in and around Hart County. I’m glad Marzetti will represent an even greater part of Kentucky’s future, and I thank the company’s leadership for their commitment to the commonwealth.”

Following the initial expansion announcement by Gov. Beshear and Marzetti executives in February 2020, company leaders pushed pause on the project due to the pandemic. The company is now moving ahead with the 184,500-square-foot expansion, which will create additional manufacturing space. The company plans to purchase new equipment to increase dressing and sauce production, add eight new processing kitchens and create several packaging lines to meet growing customer demand. Work on the project has begun and is expected to be completed by July 2022.

“This expansion builds on the partnership that we have enjoyed with the people of Kentucky since our parent company built our first facility here in 2005. Without the good work and commitment to our company-wide goal of ‘being better’ from the more than 500 employees already on site, we would not have the faith to make this investment, the largest in Marzetti’s 100-year history,” said Dave Nagle, chief supply chain officer at Marzetti. “Marzetti is also partnered with Kentucky-based companies for this new construction, bringing nationally recognized expertise to lead the effort with Gray Construction of Lexington as design/build contractor, In-Line Engineers of Louisville for process engineering and AEI of Elizabethtown for civil engineering. We look forward to continuing our partnerships and increasing our contribution to the well-being of the people and communities of South Central Kentucky as these new facilities come online in the next few years.”

Marzetti’s roots as a food producer date back to the late 19th century. The company, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, 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 produces frozen dinner rolls at its facility adjacent to the Marzetti operation in Horse Cave.

Including this updated announcement, Marzetti and Sister Schubert’s have combined to announce approximately $313 million in investment with the creation of more than 780 jobs in Hart County in less than two decades.

Marzetti is among the more than 350 food and beverage manufacturing, service and technology facilities located in Kentucky currently employing over 52,000 people. In 2020 alone, the industry announced 53 new location or expansion projects expected to create more than 1,500 full-time jobs with $974 million in announced investments.

For more information on T. Marzetti Co., visit TMarzettiCompany.com.

Learn more about Lancaster Colony at LancasterColony.com.

From Givernor’s Office

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