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John Soules Foods to invest $110m in new production plant in Alabama, US

FBR Staff Writer Published 03 January 2018

US firm John Soules Foods will invest $110m in a new production facility in Chambers County, Alabama to increase its fully cooked capabilities by over 100 million pounds an year.

Texas-based meat processing company has acquired a 266,000ft² facility for its new Alabama operation. The project will be carried out in three phases.

In an announcement through the Alabama Department of Commerce, the company said a total of 510 jobs will be created through the new meat production facility.

Alabama Department of Commerce secretary Greg Canfield said: “John Soules Foods’ strategic decision to make a substantial investment in Chambers County demonstrates the company’s confidence in our ability to deliver a large and capable workforce.

“We are committed to working with John Soules Foods to help its Alabama operation not only succeed but also thrive over the long haul.”

The Alabama facility will become the third production site of John Soules Foods. Its other two facilities are located in Tyler, Texas and Gainesville, Georgia.

John Soules Foods co-CEO Mark Soules said: “This is an important and exciting expansion for John Soules Foods.

“With the additional manufacturing capabilities, we are creating a position to handle the growing needs of our customers that allow us to be more responsive across the grocery and foodservice markets.”

John Soules Foods will invest $70m in the new facility during the first phase of the project which will create 210 employees. The second and third phases will see an investment of $40m while adding 300 more roles in Chamber County.

John Soules Foods manufactures ready-to-cook and fully cooked beef and chicken products along with fully cooked breaded chicken.

The company’s products are marketed under the John Soules Foods and ProView brands in addition to other private label brands for certain retailers.

Image: John Soules Foods manufactures ready-to-cook and fully cooked beef and chicken products. Photo: courtesy of Alabama Department of Commerce.