Deal: Koch Foods to create 750 new jobs with expansion
by Staff Reports
Koch Foods will expand its poultry processing facility in Hamilton — Harris County, Ga. — creating 750 new jobs and investing $49 million, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday.
Koch Foods is one of only five vertically-integrated food processors in the nation. The expansions will bring total employment up to 1,400 at the West Georgia facility.
“Georgia is the top producer of poultry in the United States and Koch Foods is one of the reasons why,” said Deal. “Our network of supporting resources and experience makes our state ideal for any existing company to expand its operations and remain competitive. We are committed to helping our producers grow, to creating opportunities for citizens and to making our state the No. 1 place in the nation to do business.”
Koch purchased an existing Cagle’s facility in 2012, retaining 350 jobs. During a two-phase expansion, the company added 350 jobs last year. This second phase, incorporating two new processing lines, will create an additional 750 new jobs. Prior to Koch’s acquisition of the former Cagle’s facility in June, the workforce had been reduced by 50 percent since 2010.
“Harris County is excited about Koch Foods’ acquisition of the former Cagle’s plant in Pine Mountain Valley and Koch’s plans to bring the facility up to full capacity by offering people in our region the opportunity to work for a first-class company,” said chairman of the Harris County Commission J. Harry Lange.