Collegedale and Chattanooga, Tenn.
Collegedale and Chattanooga have been home to McKee Foods for more than 70 years. In our Tennessee production facilities and corporate headquarters, we employ more than 3,000 people. As is the case at all of our locations, Tennessee employees are active in the local communities and support the United Way through donations of time and money.
In Collegedale, the Wolftever Creek Greenway trail gives residents a safe place to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. The Greenway includes Imagination Station, a busy playground and picnic area; the Nature Nook, with an amphitheatre; a dog park; and a Veterans’ Memorial honoring all branches of the military.
Southern Adventist University in Collegedale has played a very important role in our company, and the city’s history. The school is where founders O.D. and Ruth McKee met and fell in love, and is the alma mater of some of their children and grandchildren.
Chattanooga, located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountain Range, was home to O.D. and Ruth McKee’s earlier bakery before the business moved just over 20 miles to Collegedale.
Downtown Chattanooga is a family-friendly tourist destination. Popular attractions include the Tennessee Aquarium, a waterfront recreation area with museums, parks, and a restored pier, and the Coker Tire Museum, where McKee Foods 1928 Whippet is on display.
In addition to the waterfront, Chattanooga is surrounded by a wealth of natural attractions. The nearby Ocoee River was the site of the 1996 Olympic whitewater rafting competition. Nature lovers can enjoy activities such as rock climbing, caving and mountain biking.