Oberto Brands to Open Production Facility in Nashville to Keep

Oberto Brands to Open Production Facility in Nashville to Keep Pace
With Its Growing Meat Snack Demand 
KENT, WA and NASHVILLE, TN -- (Marketwire) -- 11/14/12 --  Oberto
Brands, a national leader in the meat snacks category and maker of
the popular Oh Boy, Oberto! jerky line, today announced the company
will open a new production facility in Nashville, Tenn. in the first
half of 2013, bringing hundreds of jobs to the area. The new facility
will join Oberto's existing production facility at its headquarters
in Kent, Wash., and is being added to help keep up with rapidly
growing demand for Oberto's products, which has doubled over the last
few years and shows no sign of slowing down.  
"After seeing tremendous growth over the past few years, we now need
to significantly increase our production capabilities," said Tom
Ennis, CEO of Oberto Brands, which operates three core brands
including Oh Boy, Oberto!, Lowrey's Meat Snacks and Pacific Gold Beef
Jerky. "We chose Nashville as the location for Oberto's new
production facility because of its great business climate and
incredible workforce; we look forward to partnering with this
dynamic, growing city to help us diversify our supply chain and get
closer to the fastest growing region of our business." 
This new facility will help continue to ensure that, unlike many of
the large meat snack producers, all of Oberto's U.S. products are
made in the U.S. to guarantee only the highest quality and production
standards, as well as to support the U.S. manufacturing industry.
Oberto is continuing its commitment to Made in the USA started in
2010 when the company brought its manufacturing capabilities back to
the U.S., from Brazil, creating nearly 300 jobs. 
Oberto's dedication to quality and excellence is exemplified by the
2011 revamp of the company's popular Oh Boy! Oberto jerky line, which
re-launched with an all-natural jerky recipe featuring only simple,
natural ingredients with no preservatives or artificial flavors.
Under the new all-natural recipe, sales for Oh Boy! Oberto jerky have
increased significantly. 
"I would like to welcome Oberto Brands to Tennessee and thank them
for the jobs they will create in the Nashville area," Tennessee
Governor Bill Haslam said. "It speaks volumes of Tennessee's business
friendly environment and qualified workforce when a new company and
nationally known brand chooses to locate in our state. We are working
hard to become the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality
jobs, and Oberto Brands' announcement today brings us another step
closer to reaching our goal." 
The facility, which is owned by Corporate Property Associates 16 -
Global, an affiliate of W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), is being leased
by Oberto and will open in the second quarter of 2013. Over the next
few years, the new production facility will bring approximately 310
new jobs to the area ranging from plant director to line workers.
Oberto will release job fair and hiring details as the facility nears
opening, and more information will be available on
www.obertobrands.com starting in early 2013.  
"Oberto's decision to locate a plant in Nashville speaks to the
vitality of our city and the talent of our workforce," Nashville
Mayor Karl Dean said. "I'm especially pleased that Oberto will be
bringing an existing facility back to life. Filling vacant buildings
in and around our urban core is important to the strength and future
of our city." 
"Oberto Brands' decision to open a manufacturing facility in
Nashville is the result of a successful partnership between the
state, local officials and the company," Bill Hagerty, commissioner,
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, said. "We
look forward to having Oberto Brands as part of the Tennessee
business community for many years to come." 
Oberto's dedication to quality and innovation will continue the
renaissance of this company born as a small family-owned sausage
company that has become, over the years, one of the leading meat
snack manufacturers nationally, without losing its family roots.  
About Oberto Brands 
 Privately held Oberto Brands, a leader in the
meat snacks category, was established in Seattle in 1918 by an
Italian immigrant family in pursuit of the American Dream. The Oberto
family still remains an integral part of the business, and their hard
work and dedication to great tasting products has grown the company
from humble beginning into what is today a national leader in meat
snacks manufacturing. Oberto Brands owns three core brands: Oh Boy,
Oberto!, Lowrey's Meat Snacks and Pacific Gold Beef Jerky. Its
popular products are found primarily in convenience stores, as well
as on grocery aisles and club stores throughout the United States.
Media Contact:
Lia Bigano for Oberto Brands
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