Georgia Governor  Nathan Deal saidFPL Food, LLC , will build its third facility, a beef processing operation, in its hometown of Augusta, Ga. Officials expect the move to create up to 100 new jobs.

“Georgia has historically been a strategic home for food processors, and this industry continues to provide a great foundation for our state’s economy by employing more workers in our state than any other sector of manufacturing,” said Deal. “We work diligently to be sure food processors such as FPL Food can expand in Georgia and remain competitive in markets around the world.”

FPL says it is the Southeast's largest privately held beef processor. The company supplies foodservice, retail, military and export channels. It processes traditional beef cuts to value-added retail products such as ground beef, cube steak, and marinated and sliced beef products. With the opening of its third facility, FPL Food says it can meet the growing needs of its current customer base and create opportunities to reach new customers.

“Augusta and the State of Georgia have been great supporters of our growth, and too, offer a dedicated workforce allowing us to meet the needs of our customers and continually provide the highest standards in food safety and product quality,” said Steve Hixon, FPL Food director of marketing. “We also consider Augusta a strategic location allowing us to efficiently reach our core customer base in the Southeast and coastal ports for exporting product worldwide.” 

FPL Food operates out of three facilities, including its Augusta corporate headquarters site, a value-added facility in Columbia, Ga.; and its new value-added facility in Augusta.