Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Participates in Grand Opening of T. Marzetti Company, Announces Location of Sister Schubert's Facility

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 13, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611

Mandy Lambert
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Sister companies will create more than 550 jobs in Hart County

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Economic Development Commissioner John McCarty were in Hart County today to celebrate the grand opening of T. Marzetti Company’s new 220,000 square-foot facility.  Additionally, Governor Fletcher announced that T. Marzetti Company will locate its newest Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls, Inc. facility in Horse Cave, creating 298 new jobs and investing $35 million in the commonwealth.

“The grand opening of T. Marzetti Company and the new location of Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls will create more than 550 jobs for the people of Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher. “This is a remarkable day for Hart County.  The location of both projects speaks volumes about the workers and business climate in the community and state.”

T. Marzetti, a manufacturer of market salad dressings, vegetable and fruit dips, and other specialty food products for retail and food service markets, announced their initial location to Horse Cave in 2003.  The $41 million investment will bring 257 new jobs to the area.

Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls, a manufacturer of yeast rolls, frozen dinner rolls, and other bread products for retail and food service markets, will construct a new 105,000 square-foot facility adjacent to the T. Marzetti operation.  The new facility is expected to be operational by Summer 2007.

“T. Marzetti has been proud to partner with Hart County and Kentucky in the opening of our newest salad dressing facility,” said Bruce Rosa, company president.  “We are equally excited to further our local growth with the upcoming expansion of our Sister Schubert’s operations.”

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls, Inc. for tax benefits up to $4 million under the Kentucky Industrial Development Act (KIDA), an incentive program for new and expanding manufacturing firms.  Additionally, the company received approval for up to $606,000 under the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA), Kentucky’s newest incentive program that allows qualified companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax paid for construction materials and building fixtures.

“It’s not everyday that you get to celebrate the grand opening of a nationally-known company like T. Marzetti and at the same time announce the location of a sister company to the same community,” said Hart County Judge-Executive Terry Martin.  “Thanks to the tremendous teamwork of both local and state officials and the fine people from T. Marzetti and Sister Schubert, this has become a reality for Hart County.  We look forward to a great working relationship with a top quality company like Lancaster Colony.”

For more information about T. Marzetti Company, please visit www.marzetti.com

A community profile for Hart County can be found at the following link: http://www.thinkkentucky.com/edis/cmnty/cw/cw040/Location.htm.

Transportation Funding

Also while in Hart County, the Governor presented a ceremonial check for $55,000 in road bond funds to the city of Horse Cave to resurface various city streets, including Top Quality Road which leads to the T. Marzetti facility.

In the past two years, local governments have received more additional state funding for their local road systems than at any other time in the history of the commonwealth.


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The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for creating new jobs and new investment in the state. New business investment in Kentucky in 2005 totaled more than $1.6 billion with the creation of over 16,700 new jobs. Information on available development sites, workforce training, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other resources is available at www.thinkkentucky.com.