The company's North America protein business plans to invest $146 million to add sausage production.
NASHVILLE – Cargill’s protein business will invest $146 million to expand a dried sausage production facility in Nashville, Tennessee.

The company said the expansion will grow its meat crumble offerings for food ingredient, foodservice and retail customers. The project will include construction of a state-of-the-art dried sausage production facility which will add more than 100 jobs. Sausage production is scheduled to begin at the Nashville plant during the first half of 2019.

“Our customers asked for new value-added cooked meat capabilities and we are thrilled to be able to respond by investing in this expansion at our facility,” said Monte Metz, plant general manager. “Nashville is strategically located to serve our customers in a way that helps them improve their supply chain.”

Cargill said the Nashville facility complements the company’s cooked meats facilities in Nebraska, Virginia, Texas and Minnesota. The company has invested nearly $850 million in US protein expansion over the past two years, Cargill said.

“Our growth is a tribute to the 28,000 people on our team. They are passionate about helping our customers succeed by meeting consumer demands,” said Brian Sikes, Cargill Protein president. “We’re pleased to support investments like the Nashville expansion that help our customers grow and the communities where we operate prosper.”