Moultrie - Sanderson Farms processing plant in Moultrie has been under construction for the past 12 months and all the hard work by the county and company are paying off. The parking lot is being finished, and building exteriors are almost complete. "That will be winding up in the next two weeks and everything will be good to go on the 22nd," says Bill Ingsley.
August 22nd is when the plant will get into gear, and begin processing. Ingsley says, "It's good to be at this point. We're thankful for all the support we've had and we look forward to being a Georgia business very soon."
And Georgia, especially Colquitt County is happy to have Sanderson Farms. "It's a great company, great employer and they offer good benefits. I think it's going to be a good alternative for people to go to work and have a good job in Moultrie and Colquitt County," says Colquitt County Chamber President Darrell Moore.
In all, 1400 people will work at the processing plant, with another 300 at the feed mill and hatchery in Adel. Moore says the plant has already had a huge impact on employment rates and the economy. He says, "It's going to be tremendous economic impact with payroll and payments to farmers. It's going to have tremendous impact on Colquitt County and surrounding areas too."
As will hopefully be seen when the plant opens in less than two weeks. Sanderson Farms will continually be hiring over the next 18 months until they reach full capacity.