KaTom Restaurant Supply inaugurates massive expansion

KaTom Restaurant Supply is growing again, both physically with expansion and with associates, adding 100 new jobs.

“Our goal is to pursue significant growth each year,” said Founder/CEO/President Patricia Bible. “We are still planning to expand to accommodate this growth.” Bible runs the family business with daughter Paula Chesworth and son Charley Bible.

Land was officially dumped on the new addition on March 3, 2020. The additional 58,000 square feet will include a warehouse, equipment display, media production facility, and offices.

“Having more space and better facilities just helps us do more for our customers and associates,” Bible said. “It helps us continue to grow and contribute more to the community.”

“This is great news for Sevier County,” said Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters. “When we get a local East Tennessee business that continues to grow its workforce, that’s good for every part of our economy.”

Loans for the project came from the US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Community Trust Bank.

“Small, local businesses are the engines of a rural community,” said Jim Tracy, USDA Tennessee director of rural development. “We are pleased to help KaTom Restaurant Supply grow its business and refinance its debt, which will create new jobs, retain existing jobs and increase economic opportunity in the region.”

“Sevierville and Sevier County continue to grow and KaTom is an important part of that,” said Sevierville Chamber Board Chairman Jeff Murrell. “100 new jobs means 100 positively impacted families, and good news for all the local businesses these people spend money with.”

KaTom was founded in the Bible family’s garage in Morristown, Tennessee, and had just a few employees. Soon, its Kodak plant will have nearly 170,000 square feet and 280 associates. The company will likely surpass $250 million in sales this year. KaTom has made the Inc.5000 of America’s fastest growing companies an incredible 11 consecutive years. Only 0.22% of companies on the list have accomplished this.

Pictured: Founder/CEO/President Patricia Bible and her son Charley Bible open KaTom Restaurant Supply’s new 58,000 square foot expansion at a ceremony on March 3, 2020.

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