• Kingsport Chamber News Release - Anita's Snack Foods breaks ground on $2 million expansion

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    March 29, 2019
    Friday, March 29, 2019                                                                                         
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         
    Ricardo Alvarez
    Anita’s Snack Foods
    Cell: (310) 633-1949
    Anita’s Snack Foods breaks ground on $2 million expansion
    NOTE: Attached please Anita’s Snack Foods logo and groundbreaking photo.
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Chamber held a groundbreaking ceremony for Anita’s Snack Foods today on a $2 million expansion at their location at 2300 Tri-Cities Crossing.
    The California based company opened their doors in Kingsport in July of 2018. Employment has grown from 20 jobs less than a year ago to 85 jobs today. They anticipate those numbers continuing to grow.
    “We want to continue growing the business in order to supply great tasting products to our customers, grow employment and serve the communities in the Tri Cities area,” Anita’s Snack Foods President Ricardo Alvarez said. 
    This expansion will add 40,000 square feet of additional warehouse space. Anita’s currently has two lines operating 5 to 6 days a week. They are installing a third chip line that will be operational by mid to late May of 2019.
    “I am happy that the Kingsport Economic Development Board, in conjunction with the City of Kingsport, has been able to work with Anita’s Snack Foods to provide them with the much needed expansion of 40,000 square feet of warehouse and refrigeration space,” Kingsport Economic Development Board chair Craig Denison said. “This allows them to use the freed up space within the existing facility to increase their production capacity to service their customers. They have increased the production output of the facility and increased the number of employees almost from the beginning of taking over this facility and we look forward to the completion of this expansion so that they can continue on this path of growth.”
    “It is great for Kingsport to see positive growth in our community,” Kingsport Chamber Board chair Lori Payne said. “Anita's Snack Foods is a leader within their own industry, and even more of a leader in our community. We are thrilled for Anita's Snack Foods to grow and expand here in Kingsport. We look forward to seeing their success and growth for many years to come.”
    The Kingsport Chamber is composed of two non-profit organizations:  the Kingsport Chamber Foundation (501(c)(3)) and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce (501(c)(6)). 
    The Kingsport Chamber Foundation manages, promotes, supports and assists a number of charitable, educational, environmental, leadership, quality of life and wellness programs that have a tremendous impact on the Kingsport community.
    Programs of the Kingsport Chamber Foundation include:  Communications & Development; Downtown Concert Series; Education & Workforce Development; Fun Fest; Healthy Kingsport; Keep Kingsport Beautiful; Kingsport Leadership Programs (Leadership Kingsport and S.H.O.U.T.!® Youth Leadership); Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Move to Kingsport; Santa Train; STREAMWORKS; Tennessee/Virginia Scholars; and Visit Kingsport.
    The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. 
    Programs of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce include:  Communications & Development; Government Relations; and Membership.  The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce has nearly 1,000 members.
    For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, go to KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8800.  We’re social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Chamber, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.