KENT, WASH. — Oberto Brands, a maker of natural jerky snacks, said it is expanding capacity at its Kent facility. The company said it will enhance existing lines and install new jerky-making equipment. As part of the effort, the company will sell its facility in Albany, Ore., and will discontinue its manufacturing operations in Nashville, Tenn., by April.
“While it is always difficult to consolidate manufacturing facilities, we are thrilled to be expanding our capabilities in Kent,” said Jason Blake, senior vice-president of operations for Oberto. “With these changes, we will dedicate more resources to quality improvements and technology upgrades. Additionally, having all manufacturing operations under the same roof as our R.&D. lab will lead to increased innovation and business growth.”
Founded in 1918, Oberto has reached record sales and market share levels in recent years through its Oberto and Pacific Gold brands, as well as strength in its private label jerky manufacturing business.
“Unlike many of our competitors, all of Oberto’s products are proudly manufactured in the U.S., requiring us to continually look for efficiency opportunities to help mitigate fluctuating costs,” said Tom Hernquist, president and chief executive officer of Oberto. “While we are excited about the new opportunities ahead, a decision like this is never easy. I want to emphasize our appreciation for the support and dedication our Nashville employees and the community have shown since we began operations there. I promise we will do everything to ensure a smooth transition.”Oberto said 82 employees will be affected by the decision to discontinue operations in Nashville.