Koch Foods, Inc. will build a feed mill in Roanoke with a capital investment of $40,450,000 in Randolph County, Alabama. The plant will produce prepared feeds and feeding ingredients to support the growth of Koch Foods’ Pine Mountain, Georgia processing plant.
Mark Kaminsky, COO of Koch Foods, said “Koch Foods is very excited about the opportunity to come to Roanoke, Alabama, and Randolph County. This would not have become possible without the support of both the City and the County."
“Our plans to build a state-of-the-art feed mill in Roanoke will allow for a more efficient live operation that is necessary in today’s extremely competitive environment. With the right facilities such as this feed mill in place, Koch Foods will not only remain competitive but look to expand in this area. We appreciate all the support this project has received,” he said.
“This major investment by Koch Foods will create 46 well-paying jobs in rural Alabama and generate new opportunities in communities across Randolph County,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “The project expands the company’s already significant footprint in the state and will support the growth of East Alabama’s poultry industry with many new growing houses.”
Koch Foods is one of the largest poultry producers in the United States. It is projected that the new feed mill will result in the development of up to 190 new growing houses developed by contracted local farmers.
Generally, farmers will develop new houses along the line separating the feed mill and the processing plant. Each facility is estimated to cost $500,000 to construct, resulting in $95 million of capital spending along with new jobs, property tax, and sales tax into the local economy, according to the Randolph County Economic Development Authority.
“The company will hire 27 full-time employees plus an additional 19 truck drivers, with a total annual payroll of nearly $2 million,” said Marilyn Lott, Executive Director of Randolph County Economic Development Authority. “Koch Foods’ decision to locate their world-class facility here is great news for Randolph County.”
“This project will bring a significant economic impact to Randolph County,” said Wendell Shelton, chairman of RCEDA. “It will not only create jobs and benefit the poultry producers, but it will also benefit many other businesses in the area that will provide the feed mill with ingredients, utilities, and supplies.”
"The Randolph County Commission is very pleased to be able to participate with the City of Roanoke and the Randolph County Economic Development Authority to offer incentives strong enough to draw new industry to our county," Commission Chairman Derek Farr said. "Cooperation between the county, agencies, and our municipalities is a critical component to our overall success. We are excited to play our part in bringing new jobs and growth to the area, and we welcome Koch to our county family."