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Hundreds gather for opening of Douglas peanut facility

Hundreds of folks showed up for the opening of the Premium Peanuts  facility. (Source: WALB) Hundreds of folks showed up for the opening of the Premium Peanuts facility. (Source: WALB)
The facility has a a little over 100 employees on site in Douglas. (Source: WALB) The facility has a a little over 100 employees on site in Douglas. (Source: WALB)
CEO Karl Zimmer (Source: WALB) CEO Karl Zimmer (Source: WALB)
DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) -

Hundreds of people gathered in Douglas to see the brand new Premium Peanuts facility.

The new shelling plant can hold 200 thousand tons of peanuts. CEO Karl Zimmer said that they just bought 180 thousand tons of peanuts and plan to shell about half of those as "red skin" peanuts to make room for the 2016 crop.

They have a little over 100 employees on site in Douglas.

"I think one of the things we are really proud of is its not just what we have on site. We have seven buying points we partnered with in the area and so they have all added employees and they have all done investments because of what we are doing here," said Zimmer.

About 200 South Georgia farmers are involved in the operation. 

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