John Soules Foods investing in new Alabama operation

Dec. 22, 2017 - by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
The Texas-based processor will add up to 100 million lbs. of production with the purchase of the 266,000-sq.-ft. facility.

TYLER, Texas – Officials with John Soules Foods announced on Dec. 22 a $70 million renovation of a 266,000-sq.-ft. facility it purchased in Valley, Alabama. The building was formerly used to store and distribute automotive parts to KIA. The initial phase of the project is expected to add approximately 210 employees and the final two phases of the renovation to include an additional $40 million investment, which will add 300 more workers. According to the company, which manufactures ready-to-cook and fully cooked fajita beef and chicken as well as fully cooked chicken, the Alabama facility will have the capacity to produce over 100 million lbs. of fully cooked products annually.

“This is an important and exciting expansion for John Soules Foods. With the additional manufacturing capabilities, we are creating a position to handle the growing needs of our customers that allow us to be more responsive across the Grocery and Foodservice markets,” said Mark Soules, co-CEO of John Soules.

The new plant will be the company’s fourth with two facilities in Georgia and one in Texas currently operating.

“Our addition of the Alabama plant will expand our growth capabilities as well as add cross functionality between all of our facilities. We have one of the most sophisticated and efficient workforces in the industry.  We at John Soules Foods pride ourselves in providing exceptional customer service and innovative product development with the highest levels of quality and food safety,” said John Soules Jr., co-CEO.