"We're very pleased to be making this investment in Knoxville,
where we have enjoyed a rich history, particularly with the JFG
label," Maurer stated. "Our workforce is top quality,
and the city is a very effective site to serve our customers throughout
the eastern United States."
Mayor Haslam said a number of agencies - the City, the Chamber
Partnership, KUB, TVA, Knox County and the state of Tennessee -
were instrumental in facilitating Reily Foods' decision.
community is working together as never before to create the environment
in which businesses can grow and succeed here," Mayor Haslam
said. "Having a manufacturer of these notable brand names choose
our city in which to expand tells the world that Knoxville is a
great place to do business."
"I am honored and proud that the company chose Knoxville for
this significant commitment," the Mayor stated.
Edwards noted the Chamber Partnership discovered that Reily Foods'
was considering the expansion in April 2004 during a site visit
to the company.
"Helping existing industries grow is an important mission
of Jobs Now! and the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, but a company
doesn't grow in a vacuum," Edwards noted. "When an company
grows it receives offers to relocate from other communities, and
even other countries.
"The fact that Jobs Now's Existing Industry program identified
ways to help Reily Foods grow and our economic development professionals
were able to convince them to stay here is a testament to the strength
of our economic assets, the dedication of our political leaders
and our strong and committed workforce," Edwards said.
Reily Foods intends to begin construction of the project this
summer, with a planned completion of summer 2006.
Wm. B. Reily & Company, Inc. is a private holding company
founded in 1902 whose operating subsidiaries include The Reily Companies,
Inc., Reily Foods Company, Abita Water Company and The Standard
Companies, Inc. JFG Coffee Company was purchased from the Goodson
family in 1965. The company's headquarters is located in New Orleans
and three manufacturing facilities are located in New Orleans, Knoxville