(The Center Square) – Jack Link plans to invest $450 million in a new manufacturing facility in Perry that will create 800 jobs.
The company is building a snack meat manufacturing facility on a 120-acre Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development certified site off Interstate 75 in Houston County. Officials said it would be operational by the end of 2023.
According to published reports, this will be the company’s largest manufacturing facility. The protein snack maker makes beef jerky and other meat snacks that are sold under its name and other brands.
“The most important aspect of long-term health and prosperity in our rural communities is economic investment and job growth,” Georgia Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson said in a statement.
Georgia officials declined to reveal whether the state offered any tax incentives to lure Jack Link’s, saying it is still an active project. However, the state has included Georgia Quick Start, which the state describes as “a free program tailored for businesses in numerous industries.”
“By leveraging the state’s award-winning staffing program, Quick Start, I’m confident Jack Link’s will thrive as they work to meet consumer demand and quickly fill available positions with hard-working Georgians,” Governor Brian Kemp said a statement.
Founded in 1985, the family company operates locations throughout the Midwest as well as in New Zealand, Brazil and Germany.
Georgia declines to disclose what tax incentives it grants to companies while a project is active.
“Once the agreements are finalized and signed, they will be posted on the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s website within five business days in accordance with the law,” Marie Gordon, communications director for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, told The Center Square.
This story has been updated to reflect what Jack Link’s is producing and that it will be building a snack meat factory in the Georgia location.