Oberto to sell one plant, close another

by Erica Shaffer
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Oberto plans to streamline its jerky snack production.
Oberto plans to streamline its jerky snack production.

KENT, Wash. – Oberto Brands said it will sell a plant in Oregon and discontinue manufacturing operations in Nashville as the company prepares to streamline its manufacturing processes and improve efficiencies.

Oberto plans to expand capacity at its facility in Kent, Wash. The project will include enhancement of existing lines and installation of new jerky-making equipment. However, the company also will close its plant in Nashville by April and sell another facility in Albany, Ore.

“While it is always difficult to consolidate manufacturing facilities, we are thrilled to be expanding our capabilities in Kent,” Jason Blake, senior vice president of operations. “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.”

The company noted that 82 employees will be impacted by the Nashville plant closure, but the company is providing transition assistance to affected workers. Oberto opened the Nashville plant in 2013.
Oberto Brands is a family-owned company that manufactures jerky snacks.

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