FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2013) –
Governor Steve Beshear today announced J.M. Smucker LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The J.M. Smucker
Company, plans to retain 279 jobs and invest more than $43 million in upgrades to its Lexington facility, home
of the famous Jif Peanut Butter brand.
“Jif Peanut Butter is a household name, and we’re extremely proud to have such a wonderful product made right
here in Kentucky,” said Gov. Beshear. “This investment of $43 million in Lexington really shows the
commitment to Smucker’s growth and success, and is a testament to the positive relationship the company has
with the Commonwealth.”
Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of fruit spreads, retail packaged coffee, peanut butter,
shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, sweetened condensed milk, and health and natural foods beverages in
North America. The company currently has 279 employees at its Jif operation in Lexington, where it plans to
upgrade machinery, equipment and expand product lines to meet increased demand.
“The J.M. Smucker Company is proud to be a part of the Lexington community and we are excited to know that the
investments being made at our peanut butter operations will be a major factor in the continued growth and
success of our Jif brand,” said Richard Smucker, CEO, The J.M. Smucker Company. “We greatly appreciate the
continued support of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the city of Lexington, and are thankful for their
contributions toward this critical project.”
To encourage the investment in Lexington, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority preliminarily
approved Smucker for tax incentives up to $2 million through the Kentucky Reinvestment Act (KRA). KRA is
designed to assist companies that need to make significant capital investment in Kentucky facilities in order
to remain competitive.
“I am excited with Smucker’s plans to upgrade its machinery and equipment and expand its product lines,” said
Sen. Kathy Stein, of Lexington. “An increased demand for Smucker products is not only good for the company,
but good for our community and our state. This investment will allow our community to continue to reap the
rewards of 279 good jobs, economic growth and development. It also speaks well of our workforce that
Lexington remains the home of Jif Peanut Butter. I applaud Gov. Beshear for taking the lead in retaining a
good corporate neighbor.”
“This is great news for our community, because it further cements the long working relationship we’ve had
with J.M. Smucker, and it also is another feather in the cap for the company’s local workforce, that has
always set a high bar of excellence in the food and beverage industry,” said Rep. Jesse Crenshaw, of
Lexington. “I want to thank our state and local officials as well; they deserve a lot of praise for helping
to make all of this possible.”
“The city of Lexington is thrilled that The J.M. Smucker Company is expanding its Jif peanut butter operations
in Lexington,” said Lexington Vice Mayor Linda Gorton. “We love having such an important brand and operation
in Lexington. We believe the Jif brand and Lexington go together like peanut butter and jelly!”
“Jif peanut butter, owned by The J.M. Smucker Company, has been an iconic brand in Lexington for many decades,
and we’re proud they are expanding their operations in Lexington,” said Bob Quick, CCE, president and CEO of
Commerce Lexington Inc. “We enjoy working with the Jif team, and are glad choosy companies chose Lexington!”
For more information on J.M. Smucker, visit www.smuckers.com.
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