Special to the Tribune
NASHVILLE - Agrana Fruit US, Inc. will expand its Centerville facility, according to the company and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.
It comes with an investment of nearly $10 million and will create 64 new jobs at the plant in Hickman County. Agrana Fruit is a world leader in fruit preparations for the dairy industry. The Centerville expansion makes jobs available in all areas of the facility.
Agrana Fruit is working with the Tennessee Career Center to staff job openings at the Centerville facility. Applicants should visit or contact the Career Center located on the Lewisburg campus of Columbia State Community College on South Ellington Parkway. A job fair will be held at the Hickman County Career Center on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday, Oct. 12, from 3 to 7 p.m.
"Our plant in Centerville has played a key role in the success of Agrana Fruit US Operations," Bob Prendes, president and CEO of Agrana Fruit US, Inc., said. "The North American yogurt industry has seen explosive growth in the past five years. This trend is expected to continue and is driving the need for significant expansion in our business."
Centerville Mayor Bob Bohn said, "As a small rural community, we are blessed to have an international company like Agrana in our community. They produce a world-class product and this announcement is welcome news for our town."
Expansion of Agrana, one of Centerville's major employers, comes with expansion and improvements to the town's wastewater treatment plant.
"Hickman County is pleased to have been a part of this joint effort with the Town of Centerville, the State of Tennessee and other partners to promote industrial growth," Hickman County Mayor Steve Gregory said.
The company also worked with the Hickman County Economic Development Association and the South Central Tennessee Development District on the expansion.