Williams Sausage Co., Inc. announced plans for a $37 million investment that will result in 226 new jobs, a new 180,000-square-foot facility, a $3 million investment to its existing facility and a new sandwich line.

This will all take place at its Union City, Tenn., headquarters.

“Williams Sausage Co. and the Williams family are excited about expanding in our hometown,” says Roger Williams, president and owner. “The support we have received from the state of Tennessee, Union City and Obion County in this endeavor has been overwhelming, and will help propel our business to a new level. We are extremely thankful for our existing team members and customers, who have made our business such a success that we need to build this new facility.”

Williams Sausage produces fresh sausage, fully cooked sausage, bacon, sandwiches and other food products for wholesale to retail grocers, restaurants, whole grocery warehouses and food distributors. Williams Sausage brands are sold in more than 4,000 retail outlets in 20 states.

A fleet of 21 tractors, 35 refrigerated trailers and 46 refrigerated straight trucks operated by Williams Sausage delivers the products via direct-store delivery, grocery warehouses, chain accounts and broad-line foodservice distributors.

Previous expansions to the 59-year-old facility occurred in 1996, 2001 and 2012. The 1996 development included adding 10,000 square feet to its existing plant. In 2001, the addition of 30,000 square feet at a cost of $4 million increased the company’s capacity from 40,000 pounds of cooked product per week to 144,000 pounds per week. The 2012 expansion brought total plant square footage to 150,000 square feet and a new production area for sandwiches and more space for processing sausage.

The new facility will free space at the current site to be renovated to provide additional processing space.