Governor Lee, Commissioner McWhorter Announce Kewpie Corporation to Expand U.S. Division, Locate Operations in Montgomery County – News

  • Japan’s leading spice maker is investing more than $65 million in a second US facility
  • Project to create 85 new jobs in Clarksville

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Commissioner for Economic and Community Development Stuart McWhorter and officials from Kewpie Corporation (Kewpie) announced today that the company will invest $65.2 million to expand its U.S. subsidiary Q&B Foods in Irwindale, California and establish new operations in Clarksville.

Kewpie, one of Japan’s leading mayonnaise and salad dressing brands, will create 85 new jobs in Montgomery County through its second Q&B Foods facility.

Located on the Corporate Parkway, the Tennessee facility will support Kewpie’s expanding nationwide market by increasing the company’s production of mayonnaise, salad dressings and other sauces.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Kewpie Corporation is Japan’s leading manufacturer of mayonnaise, salad dressings, sauces, marinades and other related products. Like its US division, Q&B Foods, Kewpie serves its growing customer base through various subsidiaries around the world, which employ approximately 10,700 people.

Since 2018, TNECD has supported 15 economic development projects in Montgomery County, resulting in approximately 3,000 work commitments and $1.3 billion in capital investments.

“Tennessee’s unmatched workforce and business climate continues to support our position as the fastest growing state in the nation. Thank you to Kewpie for his faith in our state and for his commitment to creating quality jobs for Tennessees in Montgomery County.” – Governor Bill Lee

“Kewpie’s decision to locate its second US facility in Tennessee is a testament to our state’s successful and longstanding economic development partnership with Japan. We appreciate this global brand for choosing Clarksville and look forward to the future growth and prosperity this project will bring to Montgomery County.” – TNECD Commissioner Stuart McWhorter

“We believe that in order for Kewpie to make a real difference, it must become a part of Tennessee as a corporate citizen and thereby contribute to Tennessee’s continued success over the long term. We will do our best to ensure that the Kewpie brand has as much support here in the United States as it does in Japan, and ship the products from here in Tennessee.” Shinya Hamasaki, Senior Corporate Officer, Kewpie Corporation and Chief Executive Officer, Q&B Foods

“Montgomery County continues to attract global companies to our community and contributes to our diversity and strength. I am grateful that Kewpie chose us as one of their two US locations and look forward to working with them.”Montgomery County Mayor Wes Golden

“TVA and Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation congratulate Kewpie on his decision to establish operations in Clarksville. Assisting in attracting and retaining employment opportunities and investment in the Valley is fundamental to TVA’s service mission. We are proud to work with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation and the Clarksville Montgomery County Industrial Development Board to advance this mission and look forward to Kewpie’s future business success in the region.” John Bradley, TVA’s senior vice president of economic development

“This is great news for Clarksville and Montgomery County. Once again, Clarksville lives up to its track record as a business-friendly community that offers many attractions for companies locating here. I am glad that Kewpie has chosen to locate its second US facility here. This $65 million investment will strengthen our economy and create 85 quality jobs for our citizens. I appreciate the work of state and local officials who helped secure this investment and look forward to Kewpie’s continued growth in Clarksville.” Senator Bill Powers (R-Clarksville)

“I am proud to welcome Kewpie to Clarksville. This new facility represents a significant investment in our community that will benefit not only the residents but also our local economy. Thank you to everyone who helped make this announcement possible and I look forward to the bright future Kewpie will have in Montgomery County.” – Rep. Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville)

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
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(615) 339-6608
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