Jack Link's, East Jordan Plastics to open plants in Georgia
Gov. Brian Kemp recently announced economic development deals for snack maker Jack Link’s and horticultural container manufacturer East Jordan Plastics to locate manufacturing facilities in Georgia.
On April 26, Kemp announced that Jack Link’s, the global leader in meat snacks, will create 800 jobs and invest $450 million as the company expands to Georgia with a new manufacturing facility in Perry. The announcement was made with company, state, and local officials at an event at the future home of Jack Link’s.
Founded in 1985 in Minong, Wisconsin, the family-owned and operated company is best known for its focus on high-quality, great tasting meat snacks, company values, outstanding service resulting from great team members, and environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. The company operates multiple sites throughout the Midwest and also has facilities in New Zealand, Brazil, and Germany servicing their global business.
Jack Link’s has chosen a 120-acre site in the I-75 GRAD Certified Site in Houston County located at 720 Perry Parkway in Perry to build a new production facility, slated to be operational at the end of 2023.
Jack Link’s expects career opportunities at the facility to include positions in management, production and production supervision, quality, maintenance, engineering, and general office support. To learn more about working at Jack Link’s, please visit www.JackLinks.com/careers.
Houston County’s I-75 GRAD Site is a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) Certified park. To earn a GRAD program certification, a property must undergo due diligence and complete specific certification requirements prior to a visit by a prospective business. Completing the GRAD certification program with the Georgia Department of Economic Development is a proactive way both community planners and landowners can help catalyze economic growth and industrial development for the regions they serve.
In other economic development news, on April 21, Kemp announced that sustainability-focused East Jordan Plastics, one of the largest horticultural container manufacturers in North America, will invest more than $44 million in a new facility in Lyons. The project is expected to create 80 new jobs in Toombs County.
Headquartered in Michigan, the family-owned company produces a full line of thermoformed and injection molded horticultural containers that make it easy to fill, plant, ship, and display products around the greenhouse, nursery, and garden center. Most of East Jordan’s containers are made from a high percentage of recycled plastic and are recyclable through the use of a “closed loop” recycling process. East Jordan recycles over 20 million pounds of horticultural containers a year.
During its first year, the facility will be used for logistics and distribution, and the company plans to develop the facility to include recycling and manufacturing operations over the next five years.
East Jordan will open its 255,500-square-foot facility along U.S. Highway 1 in Lyons. Initially, the company will hire for positions in warehouse distribution and eventually add employees for plastic recycling and manufacturing. Interested applicants can learn more and apply at www.eastjordanplastics.com/careers.