JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Office of the Governor.
Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from poultry processor Koch Foods announced the company is expanding operations at its facilities in Forest and Morton, Miss. The expansions represent corporate investments of approximately $2 million and $33 million, respectively, and will create a total of 203 jobs – 23 at the Forest location and 180 at the Morton location. Koch Foods currently employs approximately 3,200 in Scott County.
For the expansion, Koch Foods has renovated the Forest facility and is in the process of constructing additions totaling 32,000 square feet at the Morton location.
"I appreciate the team at Koch Foods for choosing to expand its operations in Forest and Morton and for creating hundreds of new jobs for the area's workforce," Gov. Bryant said. "Mississippi strives to provide a business environment that fosters growth and longevity, and Koch Foods' decision to further invest in these two locations reinforces that fact. I look forward to the company's continued growth."
"As a corporate citizen of Scott County, we are pleased to show our commitment to the growth and prosperity of both our company and our communities. Koch is very pleased to be a part of Scott County and Mississippi, and will continue our pursuit of excellence here in the years to come," said Koch Foods COO Mark Kaminsky.
Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project for road improvements. The city of Forest, the city of Morton and Scott County provided assistance, as well.
"We salute our partners at Mid-Mississippi Development District and Scott County for their teamwork which, along with the MDA team, assisted in making Koch Foods' expansions in Forest and Morton a reality," said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr. "The company's growth in Scott County, combined with the productivity of Mississippians in the region, will position the company for many more years of success in our state."
Koch Foods is a poultry processor that distributes fresh and frozen products internationally under the Koch Foods, Antioch Farms, Preferred Foods and Rogers Royal brand names, as well as other custom and private labels. The company is one of only five vertically integrated processors in the U.S., offering its customers a virtual "one-stop shop" for all foodservice, retail and quick serve standard and staple chicken products. For more information, visit www.kochfoods.com.