USA — Koch Foods, one of America’s vertically integrated poultry companies, has opened its new US$60 million poultry feed mill in Attalla, Alabama, US. 

The Attalla facility is designed with technologically advanced features for maximum efficiency and will support the company’s expanded processing plant in nearby Gadsden. 

Koch Foods said the facility will service 100 railcars every two weeks and produce up to 12,500 tons of finished poultry feed a week.  

The 130-acre facility will employ 32 workers and support poultry farmers in northeast Alabama and the surrounding region. 

Koch Food’s investment comes at a time when the North America Poultry Feed Market which was worth US$4.97 billion in 2021 is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.10%, to reach US$8 billion by 2026, according to Market data forecast. 

The market research firm notes that growth in the poultry feed market is directly linked to the huge demand for poultry products in the United States.  

Koch officials joined Governor Kay Ivey to cut the ribbon during an opening ceremony for the facility, which can hold more than 1 billion bushels of corn. 

“We announced this project in November of 2019, and to bring it to fruition on time during a pandemic speaks highly to the cooperation of all those involved,” said Mark Kaminsky, chief operating officer of Koch. 

“It is this cooperation that has led Koch to invest over $400 million in Alabama over the last five years,” he added. 

Meanwhile, a US$220 million expansion at Koch Foods in Fairfield is being recognized with the a James A. Wuenker Growth Award because of the jobs it is bringing to the region. 

Multiple expansion projects were announced in 2021 within the city of Fairfield, but Koch’s project was the largest by far. 

Koch Foods, 4100 Port Union Road, is constructing a new 400,000-square-foot manufacturing facility that will add five production lines to the poultry processing business. 

 The construction project is on an 18-acre site adjacent to the main facility, and the total capital investment in the project will exceed $300 million, according to the company. 

The project is expected to be completed by the end of this year, according to the company and city. 

“The project will result in an investment of more than $200 million and the creation of at least 400 new jobs in our community,” said Fairfield Development Services Director Greg Kathman. 

“The scale and complexity of the project make it a worthy choice for this regional recognition. 

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