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Golden State Foods to Invest $9.4 Million in Opelika, Alabama, Plant

Feb. 12, 2024
Opelika city council approved the investment and granted a 10-year tax abatement to GSF.

According to local news reports, Golden State Foods’ Opelika, Ala., processing plant is getting a $9.4 million upgrade from the company to install new equipment and technology this year, with completion expected by December of this year.

The food processor received approval for the investment from the Opelika City Council, which also granted Golden State Foods (GSF) an abatement of non-education property taxes for a decade.

Plans for the Opelika plant were first announced in 2015, and the plant opened in 2018 as a key piece of GSF’s protein processing operations. In fact, the plant has won the company’s highest honor, the Chairman’s Challenge Award, two years in a row (as announced in March 2023).

Last year, some five years after it first opened, GSF invested $2.6 million into improvements at the plant. According to the news report, the latest project is focused on improving the facility’s operational efficiency.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.