Koch Foods begins operations at new $60M facility in Attalla

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Scenes from the ribbon-cutting ceremony with Gov. Kay Ivey. (Made in Alabama)

Operations have officially begun at poultry company Koch Foods’ (pronounced “cook”) new $60 million facility in Attalla. Officials from Koch Foods, along with state and local leaders came together to formally open the state-of-the-art grain storage and distribution facility. Keep reading for more details.

All about the new facility

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Over $60M was invested in the project. (Made in Alabama)

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the new Etowah County facility, which was designed with maximum efficiency in mind. According to Made in Alabama, it has many technologically advanced features and products will be transported by railroad.

It will support Koch Foods’ expanded processing plant in Gadsden, nearby. In 2018, Koch invested $80 million in the expansion of its Gadsden plant, which created over 200 jobs.

The new poultry feed-mill spans over 130-acres and can hold more than 1 billion bushels of corn.

“We announced this project in November of 2019, and to bring it to fruition on time during a pandemic speaks highly to the cooperation of all those involved—the Koch employees, the contractors, the state, the city and all the local agencies.”

Mark Kaminsky, Chief Operating Officer, Koch Foods

Creating jobs

Following the Gadsden plant expansion creating over 200 jobs, the high-tech Anniston facility will create 32 new jobs with an annual payroll of $1 million.

Currently, Koch employs more than 3,700 people in Alabama, with an annual payroll of $182 million.

In addition to bringing jobs to the community, Koch works with over 200 local businesses and farmers at its four Alabama plant locations.

According to David Hooks, executive director of the Gadsden-Etowah Industrial Development Authority (IDA) team, key partners including the City of Attalla, Norfolk Southern Railways and Gadsden-Etowah IDA brought the project to fruition. Go, team!

Hooks added that the project solidifies Etowah County as a national leader in Logistics and Food + Farming categories.

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Gabby Gervais
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