Anita's breaks ground on $2M Kingsport expansion

Hank Hayes • Mar 29, 2019 at 6:30 PM

KINGSPORT — A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Friday for the expansion of the Anita’s Snack Foods facility in the Gateway Commerce Park.

Blountville-based J.A. Street General Contractors got the project, valued at about $2 million.

Company background: Anita’s is a privately owned, family-run snack food manufacturer based in San Bernardino, California.

Since the company took over the former Pure Foods building in August 2018, employment has grown from 20 to 85 jobs and more are expected.

“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,” company President Ricardo Alvarez said.

What the expansion accomplishes: The expansion is expected to add 40,000 square feet of warehouse space. Anita’s currently has two lines operating five to six days a week and will be installing a third chip line, expected to be operational in late May.

“That should add another 20 to 25 team members,” Alvarez noted. “The future is extremely bright for this facility and for our business.”

Who facilitated the project: The Kingsport Economic Development Board, at its May 2018 meeting, approved the Anita’s lease for the building.

City Manager Jeff Fleming previously said the company’s decision to locate in Kingsport reflects the Tri-Cities’ important location in a national market.