Delegate Bell Commends Governor, Augusta County, and McKee Foods Corporation on Expansion in Augusta

Staunton, VA – Today, Governor McDonnell and Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Jim Cheng, announced that McKee Foods Corporation will invest $19 million to expand production at its manufacturing facility in Stuarts Draft in Augusta County. Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell commended the Governor, Augusta County, and McKee Foods Corporation on this expansion, which will add 78 new jobs to our area.

“McKee Foods has been one of the major employers in Augusta County for over two decades, and their announcement today further cements this fact.  In a time of extreme economic uncertainty, I am extremely pleased that they have been able to expand when many corporations are instead being forced to downsize.” said Delegate Bell.  “I am especially grateful that Governor McDonnell saw the need to place $200,000 of the Governor’s Opportunity Fund into this expansion. I know that the impact that this expansion has on the economy of our area will be great. I look forward to their continued success.”

Headquartered in Collegedale, Tennessee, McKee Foods Corporation represents a group of companies that provide a livelihood for more than 6,000 employees, and has annual sales in excess of $1 billion. The company’s products are available across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and on U.S. military bases around the world. While McKee Foods Corporation is best known for its line of Little Debbie® brand snack cakes, product lines also include Sunbelt®, Heartland® and Fieldstone™ Bakery.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Augusta County and the Shenandoah Valley Partnership to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McDonnell approved a $200,000 grant from the Governor's Opportunity Fund to assist Augusta County with the project. The company is also eligible to receive a Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit. Through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide funding and services to support the company’s recruitment, training and retraining activities.

Elected to the House of Delegates in 2009, Delegate Bell represents the 20th District, which includes Highland County, portions of Augusta and Nelson Counties, and the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro.

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