Mayor Gary Fuller, Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield and Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, along with Golden State Foods Corp (GSF) company officials via video-conference, announced the company's decision to build a new state of the art meat processing facility in the Northeast Opelika Industrial Park.
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The capital investment in the facility is estimated to be between $40 and $45 million and GSF will create 173 new jobs in Opelika.
Mayor Fuller stated, "We are thrilled to welcome Golden State Foods to Opelika! They will make a great addition to our diverse manufacturing community."
Secretary Canfield extended greetings and congratulations from Governor Bentley and said, "Alabama continues to attract great companies like Golden State Foods. We are glad to support their growth here in Opelika."
According to Wayne Morgan, Corporate Vice President, President Meat Group Golden State Foods; "After careful consideration, we selected Opelika as the site for our new facility based on the strategic location along I-85, the available workforce and the atmosphere of industry and government cooperation."
Golden State Foods is headquartered in Irvine, Ca. It is one of the largest diversified suppliers to the Quick Service Restaurant and retail industries. Established in 1947, GSF currently services more than 125,000 restaurants from its 45 locations on five continents.
With approximately 5,000 associates worldwide, GSF's core businesses include: processing and distribution of liquid products, meat products, produce, dairy, and other services, providing a variety of networked solutions for the total supply chain spectrum.
Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard adds his welcome to Golden State Foods, "Alabama is on track to be the most business-friendly state in the nation and Lee County is a shining example of a community that will welcome and work with you to ensure your continued success." ■