On Wednesday, July 26, GSF held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for their newest meat processing plant in Opelika, Alabama. The 165,000 square-foot LEED Certified processing plant has an annual production volume of approximately 170 million pounds of protein products. The Opelika location is GSF’s first fresh beef processing plant, with six frozen and five fresh patty lines dedicated to burger patties. The expansive facility services six McDonald’s distribution centers and 2,900 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the Southeast as well as four Nestlé manufacturing facilities. The plant’s opening has created more than 200 jobs for the local Opelika community.
The event was attended by nearly 100 guests, including GSF’s Executive Board, Management Committee, several McDonald’s Owner/Operators, local officials, and Opelika’s Mayor, Gary Fuller.
“The opening of our new protein plant is a true milestone in GSF’s history,” said Dr. Wayne Morgan, Corporate Vice President and President, Protein Products, Golden State Foods. “The careful planning and design of this new building is centered on people, safety, sustainability, technology and innovation, and it continues our commitment to creating high-quality beef products for our valued customers. Overall, the central location of this facility in Opelika will allow GSF to better serve our customers, so that they can better serve theirs.”
During the opening remarks, Ray Vargocko, McDonald’s Director Strategic Sourcing – U.S. Supply Chain said, “Both McDonald’s and GSF want to be the best and number one in our customers’ minds, and we both strive for that everyday. But, it’s only through our shared partnership that we can actually achieve that.”
A ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by tours of the new facility followed, and the local news media even attended, resulting in multiple TV segments from ABC and NBC affiliates. To get a sense for the event, check out this news story which includes interviews from Dr. Wayne Morgan, and Mayor Gary Fuller. http://www.wtvm.com/story/38731117/new-food-service-company-in-opelika-brings-200-jobs-continues-economic-growth