Koch Foods breaks ground on grain storage facility in Alabama, US


US-based food processor and distributor Koch Foods has broken ground on a new grain storage and distribution facility in Attalla in Alabama, US.

Being built with an investment of more than $50m, the new poultry feed-mill is expected to create 28 jobs in the Northeast Alabama city.

The 130-acre Attalla facility, which will feature advanced technologies to offer maximum efficiency, will complement the firm’s recently expanded processing plant in nearby Gadsden.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said: “Koch Foods already has significant operations in Alabama, and this new investment will magnify the company’s economic impact on the state.

“This project adds a robust new dimension to the industrial sector in the state and permits us to strengthen our longstanding relationship with a major employer.”

The facility in Attalla will be equipped to hold more than one billion bushels of corn, served directly by rail.

Koch fresh operations senior vice president Matthew Herman said: “We are very excited about building one of the most technologically innovative grain storage facilities in the world.

“We continue to expand our business in Alabama and are thankful for the cooperative environment between business and government in the state to get things accomplished.”

Koch, which is scheduled to commission the new facility in 2021, has earlier announced an $80m expansion of its Gadsden plant, as part of its growth strategy.

Expected to create 200 jobs, the expansion project adds a fourth processing line to the facility in a bid to boost production capacity.

City of Attalla Mayor Larry Means said: “We are thankful to have 28 new, high-paying jobs in our community, and this facility will build on the strong focus on industry and innovation that are woven into the history of Attalla.

“In addition to the long-term operational jobs, there will be over 200 people working to build the facility here in Attalla over the next 18 months.

“The economic impact of construction alone will be huge for the City of Attalla and all of Etowah County.”

Image: Koch Foods breaks ground on new grain storage facility in Alabama, US. Photo: courtesy of Kay Ivey Office of the Governor.

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