Wednesday, April 20, 2016 04:00 PM


Portland, Ore.-based food manufacturer Harry’s Fresh Foods plans to open a Nashville facility in the third quarter of 2016, eventually creating 302 jobs, the company and state officials announced Wednesday.

The 39-year-old company has a deal to take over the former Oberto Brands production facility at 2960 Armory Drive in South Nashville. Oberto announced it would close the facility in January, three years after the Seattle-based beef jerky manufacturer promised to create 310 jobs in Nashville to keep up with growing consumer demand.

Owned by a subsidiary of Joshua Green Corp., Harry's Fresh Foods started selling clam chowder wholesale to restaurants in 1977. Today, the company makes refrigerated and frozen soups, entrees, sides and desserts for grocery stores, clubs and food service accounts in more than 30 states. The company utilizes a quick-chill process to lock in flavor and freshness, according to its website.

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