- Freeimages.com/TeeBeeWeeKoch Foods is expanding its poultry processing operations in Gadsden, Alabama.
Poultry processor Koch Foods is again expanding its operations in Gadsden, Alabama. Five months after the company announced it would add 80 new jobs, Koch Foods is now adding another 70 jobs with an expansion in Gadsden.
The new jobs are for “value added” products, according to Mike McCain, executive director of the Gadsden-Etowah Industrial Development Authority.
Koch Foods, when it announced the addition of new jobs in 2014, said it would invest $6 million in the plant and hoped its expansion would be completed by January. It purchased the plant from Tyson in 2007.
The poultry company on March 24 was granted non-education tax abatements from the Gadsden City Council that will better enable the company to invest $7.5 million in its chicken processing plant in East Gadsden.
According to the resolution approved by the council, the jobs will add $1.89 million to Koch's payroll.
Koch Foods’ Gadsden operations recently gathered industry attention as a recipient of a USPOULTRY Clean Water Award. The company was recognized for its full treatment of wastewater that not only reduces the plant’s carbon footprint, but also traps methane gas that is a source of green energy utilized and burned in the plant’s boiler unit.
According to the WATT Global Media Top Companies Database, Koch Foods processes 624 million birds annually and is the fifth largest broiler company in the United States.