Agile Cold Storage will invest over $60 million in the construction of semi-automated freezer buildings to support the poultry industry in Cartersville and Gainesville, Georgia. The project is expected to create approximately 170 jobs in Bartow and Hall counties.
In Cartersville, Agile Cold Storage plans to build and own a 150,000-square-foot facility at 400 Hamilton Crossing Road, where the company expects to create about 70 positions.
The company also plans to build and own a 150,000-square-foot facility in Gainesville, located at 3117 Athens Highway, where they expect to create approximately 100 positions.
“As a Georgia-based company, we are very excited to make these investments and to be able to create these jobs in our home state. When we looked around the Southeast for the ideal location for these two facilities, Georgia really stood out. Georgia is home to a wide variety of food manufacturers, tremendous temperature controlled logistics partners, and a world-class port in Savannah,” said Agile President and CEO Don Schoenl. “We appreciate the state’s interest in helping us grow and understand, from our previous experiences with various state agencies, we appreciate how committed they are to providing exceptional training and work environments for our team members.”
According to company officials, Agile’s state-of-the-art facility will use automation where possible to make the work environment safer and more efficient for its team members. The company’s advanced technologies reduce its environmental impact by eliminating ammonia refrigerants and decreasing energy and water consumption. Agile’s experienced management team and best practices will allow for reliable, efficient, and flexible receiving, storage, and shipping of its customers’ products. Agile’s customers’ products will satisfy demand for both the domestic and international markets. The facilities include frozen and deep freeze temperature zones to ensure products are blast frozen and maintained at the highest levels of quality in accordance with industry specifications and government regulations.
“It’s great to see Georgia-based companies reinvest in their home state and create opportunities for hardworking Georgians,” said Governor Brian P. Kemp. “Agile’s investment in the Peach State is a testament to Georgia’s dominance in the poultry industry and our top-notch logistics network, and I am grateful for their partnership as they ramp up operations in North Georgia.”
The state’s major cold storage investment and growth, combined with the extensive air, rail, port, and interstate logistics network continues to provide a competitive advantage for companies located in Georgia.
“We are pleased to welcome Agile Cold Storage to Bartow County, particularly because cold storage solutions are essential for both Georgia’s agricultural industry and ultimately area consumers,” said Bartow County Sole Commissioner Steve Taylor. “We appreciate the quality jobs and investment that Agile will bring, and our state and local partners who helped encourage the company to come to this decision.”
“Agile Cold Storage will be a welcome part of the Gainesville-Hall County business community,” said Kit Dunlap, president and CEO of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. “Gainesville-Hall County has many food and pharmaceutical manufacturers that rely on cold-chain logistics, like Agile Cold Storage, to distribute their products to U.S. consumers and to export markets through the Port of Savannah.”
“The state’s proactive long-term investment in our logistics infrastructure continues to pay in the form of jobs and opportunities for Georgians when they’re needed most,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “I thank Agile Cold Storage for their investment, along with Governor Kemp and our local economic development partners for helping us bring additional jobs and opportunities to both of these Georgia communities.”