SYLVANIA, Ga. (WSAV) – With the snip of some giant scissors Monday, a new poultry processing facility promises to boost the local economy.
For Claxton Poultry, the Sylvania plant not only expands business, but increases their labor pool.
“From here we can grab, not only from Screven County and parts of Bulloch County, we can pull from Chatham County as well as Allendale, South Carolina,” said Greg Finch, Claxton Poultry CFO. “So it really kind of expanded our footprint and opportunity for us to be able to produce jobs here in the area.”
The facility will process chicken exclusively for Chick-fil-A, strengthening a 50 year bond between the two Georgia companies.
“It’s not just about being Georgia, but it’s also a family business. So we’re a private health family business and so is Claxton and the relationship between the two companies is really strong,” said Mike Ledford with Chick-fil-A. “The fact that we’re both Georgia companies makes it even better.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp was a part of Monday’s grand opening celebration in Screven County.
The governor has been highlighting businesses on his Georgia Made Tour in an effort to encourage Georgians to buy and support locally.
“The product that they are producing here comes from the farm and many of them family farms and that’s good for our state,” Kemp said. “It helps to diversify our economy as well and I think we actually need to do more of this food processing so we can value-add the products that we are growing in our state.”
The 33,000 square foot facility opened in June with 75 full-time workers. Today, there are 187.