Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Announces Gourmet Express to Locate in Greenville

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 25, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body
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Mandy Lambert
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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher joined officials from Muhlenberg County and the city of Greenville today to announce the location of Gourmet Express LLC. The company will invest $7.3 million in the commonwealth to move its manufacturing operation from Gridley, Illinois, creating 200 new Kentucky jobs within two years.

“I’m pleased to welcome Gourmet Express as Kentucky’s newest corporate citizen,” said Governor Fletcher. “The addition of 200 new jobs will provide a tremendous economic boost to Muhlenberg County as well as all of Kentucky.  I’m confident Gourmet Express will appreciate the endless resources and assets Kentucky has to offer.”

Gourmet Express was formed in 1997 to manufacture and market skillet meals under the Gourmet Dining label, which can be found in major supermarkets. The company will renovate the 312,000 square foot former SUPERVALU facility in Muhlenberg County to accommodate the company’s rapid growth.

“We are excited to make this move to Greenville and look forward to becoming part of the community,” said Gourmet Express Chairman & CEO, Robert W. Scully.  “Over a year ago we embarked upon a long search based on supply and customer matrixes.  Greenville fits well into our grid matrix, and we are pleased that Kentucky is such a business friendly state. Affordable energy is also quite important to us. We are committed to continue being the category’s low cost and best value provider of skillet meals.  This move fits well with our strategic objectives and future growth plans.”

Gourmet Express has had a steady increase in sales and profits each year since its inception, experiencing a growth rate of 25 percent per year since 2003. The company’s primary focus is to supply customers with Home Meal Replacements which are easy to prepare, delicious and a good consumer value.

“I am extremely excited about having a company of this quality locate here. It is great to have a company back in the SUPERVALU building and I’m positive they will be a good employer,” Muhlenberg County Judge-Executive Rodney Kirtley said. “It has certainly been a pleasure working with the owners and staff of Gourmet Express and we welcome them to our community.”

Gourmet Express received preliminary approval by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) for tax benefits up to $5 million under the Kentucky Rural Economic Development Act (KREDA), an incentive program aimed at increasing employment in the state.  A community profile of Muhlenberg County may be found at the following link: http://www.thinkkentucky.com/edis/cmnty/cw009/


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