Taylor Farms Smyrna facility expansion to yield 170 new jobs

Produce company to spend $5.9M on effort

Taylor Farms officials announced today the national food company will undertake a $5.9 million expansion of its Smyrna processing facility, a move that will result in the eventual creation of 170 positions.

An increase in sales and overall company growth have driven the need to expand and will also account for the addition of new product lines, company officials said.

“We are extremely excited for our continued growth in Rutherford County and Tennessee,” Brian Thure, Taylor Farms Tennessee president, said in a release. “We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, and Tennessee’s centralized location in the Southeast gives us the ability to service 17 states within a day’s drive. This expansion will allow us to continue offering new and innovative products in all three lines of our business: retail, foodservice and deli.”

Founded in 1994, Taylor Farms Foodservice is a Salinas, Calif.-based producer of fruits, vegetables and salads. The company bills itself as North America’s largest supplier of fresh produce to the food service industry. In addition to the Smyrna operations, located at 199 Sam Ridley Parkway E., the company has 10 processing plants in the U.S. and one in Mexico.