Coastal Growers plans to build a peanut shelling plant in Atmore, bringing 100 or more jobs to Escambia County, Alabama.
The company, owned by a cooperative of farmers, most of them residing in Alabama, will build an $87 million shelling and storage facility on more than 60 acres in the Atmore Industrial Park.
Paul Turner, an attorney representing the company, said the average wage in the plant will be more than $17 per hour for the 100-plus full-time workers. In addition, there will be temporary positions added during peak shelling times.
“We are excited to be able to announce this project today, to bring peanut shelling to south Alabama, and to bring economic benefit to the hard-working farmers of our state who so desperately need it,” Turner said.
“The Coastal Growers facility in Atmore will become a vital resource for peanut farmers in Alabama and beyond by helping to make their operations more sustainable and profitable,” Governor Ivey said.“I look forward to seeing the impact that this project is going to have for our farmers and for the region.”
“Shelling operations tend to attract other businesses in this sector, and also spur development in infrastructure and other areas. We expect it to have a positive effect on the Port of Mobile as well,” said Jess Nicholas of Centerfire Economic, who serves as executive director of the Escambia County Industrial Development Authority.
“We worked hard to bring Coastal Growers here, and we’re very thankful to Coastal Growers for picking us, and for Governor Ivey for supporting our efforts. We’re on the map now as far as peanut production is concerned,” he added.