General Mills to expand yogurt line in Tennessee
September 30, 2010
NASHVILLE — General Mills, Inc. plans to invest $100 million to expand its production facility in Murfreesboro, Tenn., according to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. In line with the expansion, General Mills is expected to add approximately 80 jobs.
“I’m very pleased to have one of the world’s most respected food companies growing and thriving in Tennessee,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “This expansion is not just an endorsement of Tennessee’s business climate, but in the quality and productivity of the workforce in Murfreesboro.”
General Mills said the expansion should accommodate production of Yoplait branded products. Other products made in the Murfreesboro plant include Pillsbury biscuits and Toaster Strudels.
General Mills opened the Murfreesboro location in 1979 to make frozen pizza products, and earlier this year the company discontinued production of its children’s yogurt beverage and Perfect Portions refrigerated biscuits product lines at the Murfreesboro plant, a move that did not affect employment.
“Due to declining net sales and to improve manufacturing capacity for other product lines, we decided to exit our U.S. Retail segment’s Perfect Portions refrigerated biscuits product line at our manufacturing facility in Murfreesboro, Tenn.,” General Mills stated in its 2010 annual report. “We recorded an $8 million noncash impairment charge against long-lived assets used for this product line. Our other product lines at Murfreesboro were not affected by the decision, and no employees were affected by this action, which was completed in the second quarter of fiscal 2010.”