Franke Foodservice Systems, Deerfield, Ill., announced plans to expand its Smyrna, Tenn., operations. The $11.6 million project is expected to create 67 new jobs.

Franke Foodservice Systems, part of the Swiss-based Franke Group, manufactures and distributes a wide variety of kitchen and foodservice equipment and supplies from a number of facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia.

“We’re excited to be expanding our capacity in our Smyrna location, where the outstanding workforce and strategic location have played a huge role in serving our customers and growing our business,” says Thomas Campion, president and CEO. “When we opened our Smyrna campus in 2009, we allowed for the additional space and access needed to expand, and today we take a big step in fulfilling that vision.” 

With this expansion, Franke will consolidate both its commercial food equipment for container shipments, commercial shipments and coffee machine retrieval, programming, testing and shipping operations for the North American market. In addition to the consolidation, a new separate building will be constructed for a showroom for residential kitchen items to include sinks, ovens, faucets, hoods and cooktops.