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Madrona Specialty Foods will open an  88k SF  manufacturing hub at Lakeview Business Center in Charlotte, expected to employ up to 80 in as few as three years. It's the Tukwila, Wash., company's first East Coast manufacturing and distribution location. You'll be happy to know that none of the reasons they moved here are "Charlotte eats a lot of cookies."
Madrona?s president and owner Paul Pigott

It should be fully operational by August, employing 30 to start. Madrona owner Paul Pigott  tells us they chose Charlotte because of its business-friendly climate, good reputation, and easy airport access to the company's other locations in Seattle and Jamaica. The bakery lines will produce gourmet cookies and crackers, primarily La Panzanella crackers and Madrona?s line of Italian croccantini. (That's a cracker  with a thick accent.) The company's products are distributed to retailers that include Whole Foods, Earth Fare, and Fresh Market, as well as The QC will be getting cracker production, but most of Madrona?s candies will still be made in Jamaica, mon. Cassidy Turley's Barb Jespersen  repped Madrona. Trinity Partners' Bill Wood  repped the building ownership.