MCDONOUGH — Ken’s Foods, a family-owned dressings and condiments maker, will invest $103 million and create 70 news jobs at its Henry County manufacturing and distribution facilities.
Gov. Brian Kemp announced the expansion Thursday.
“It’s a pleasure to see this family-owned company continue their investment in Georgia,” said Kemp. “As a major employer of the hardworking folks of Henry County for nearly 25 years, I thank Ken’s Foods for their long-term commitment to creating jobs and opportunities for hardworking Georgians.”
Known for its dressings, sauces and marinades, Ken’s Foods produces and packages more than 400 varieties of dressings and condiments. Ken’s Foods also produces and bottles numerous custom dressings for local businesses and other well-known food companies.
“For 25 years we’ve grown together, and we’re proud to extend our partnership with Henry County and the state of Georgia,” said Bob Merchant, chief operating officer for Ken’s Foods Inc. “When you’re able to expand operations in an area that provides a hardworking, can-do base of talent and couple that with the favorable business environment the state of Georgia has developed, you dive right in.”
Ken’s Foods is one of the largest employers in Henry County, with roughly 500 employees. Since 1997, the company has made numerous sizeable investments in its Georgia operations. This expansion is one of the company’s largest in recent years.
The project will include new production lines and building upgrades to its manufacturing facility, along with the relocation of its support facility operations to a 343,625-square-foot space in Midland Industrial Park. This expansion will create 70 additional jobs, including positions in food processing, manufacturing and distribution, along with careers in management and supervision. Individuals interested in opportunities with Ken’s Foods are encouraged to visit http://www.jobs.kensfoods.com for additional information.
“Our community has shown once again that we are a great place for business. Henry County is thankful for Ken’s Foods’ continued investment and job creation,” said Chair of the Henry County Board of Commissioners June Wood, who is also a member of the Board of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “In addition to the new jobs and investments that this expansion will bring to our community, we anticipate that the consolidation of Ken’s operations to its new building in Henry will remove more than 40 trucks per day from the busy Ga. Highway 155 corridor.”
“Henry County is excited about the expansion of one of our largest established industry companies, Ken’s Foods. Ken’s decision to further invest and expand their manufacturing footprint in the county reflects the strategic advantages and business-friendly climate that we offer to our new and established industries,” said Henry County Development Authority Chairman Pierre Clements. “An investment of this size, during a global pandemic, demonstrates why Henry is one of the top sites for business expansions in Georgia and the Southeast."
Project Manager Emily Poole represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce division on this project in partnership with the Henry County Development Authority, Georgia Quick Start, and Georgia Power.
“During the first few months of the fiscal year, Georgia has continued to experience unprecedented growth in our food processing and distribution sectors,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “I attribute this growth to our existing industries’ ability to quickly adapt to their customers’ needs during this tumultuous year. I thank Gov. Kemp and our local partners for fostering a pro-business environment, which has helped make reinvestments and expansion projects a seamless process for companies like Ken’s Foods.”
Ken’s Foods Inc. was incorporated in 1958 and currently has plant operations in McDonough, Marlborough, Mass., Las Vegas, and Lebanon, Ind. In addition, Ken’s employs over 1,100 employees nationally. Today, between its Retail Grocery Products and Food Service divisions, the company produces and packages over 400 varieties of dressings and sauces. A lot of people also come to Ken’s for custom-made dressings and sauces. Others even bring in their own ideas for dressings, and ask Ken’s Foods to produce and bottle them.