|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."|
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 Amazon.com. 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.