UNION CITY, Tenn. - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and Mlliams Sausage Company, Inc officials announced today that the longtime Tennessee food manufacturer will build a second plant in Union City. The expansion will create 226 newjobs in Obion County over the next five years.

"For generations, Tennessee has made some of the best-known and most-respected food brands in the world. Williams Sausage Company is part of this strong legacy and I'm pleased it has decided to build a second plant in Union City,” Haslam said. "This major expansion by Mlliarns Sausage will create hundreds of newjobs for Obion County residents and bring us closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs."

"In the last six years, the food and beverage industry has poured $2 billion worth of investment into Tennssee alongside more than 6,500 newjob commitments," Boyd said. "The food manufacturing industry now employs more than 33,500 Tennesseans. When a homegrown business like IMIIiams Sausage plans to further invest in Tennessee, it's a so'ong affirmation of our state’s high—skilled workforce and businesslriendly environment. On behalf of Team Tennessee, I'd like to thank Williams Sausage for committing to create 226 newjobs in Obion County."

Founded in 1958 by Harold and Hazel Williams, Mlliams Sausage produces fresh sausage, fully cooked sausage, bacon, sandwiches and other food products for wholesale to retail grocers, rataurants, whole grocery warehouses and food distributors.

Williams Sausage brands are now sold in more than 4,000 retail outlets in 20 states. Williams Sausage remains a family-owned business managed by the founders‘ sons, David and Roger Williams.