Foodmaker expanding in Kingsport, 40 new jobs

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Leclerc Foods is expanding its operations in Kingsport, adding 40 jobs.

Leclerc makes granola bars, crackers and cookies. In addition to the plant in Kingsport, the company operates in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario and in Montgomery, Pa.

Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said Tennessee and Canada enjoy a mutually beneficial economic partnership through exporting and foreign direct investment.

Leclerc is investing $15.7 million in expanding the Kingsport plant, which it has operated since 2008.



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