• One of the nation’s largest poultry processing companies to create more than 200 new jobs in Caryville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart McWhorter and Gold Creek Foods (GCF) officials announced today the company will invest $15 million to establish manufacturing operations in Campbell County.

Through this project, GCF will create 218 new jobs in Caryville as the company acquires the assets of Campos Foods LLC, which shut down its beef processing operations earlier this year.

Following the acquisition of 241 Elkins Road, the Tennessee plant will be updated and converted into a poultry further processing facility, allowing GCF to increase production by running 50 million pounds of par-fried and fully cooked chicken products per year.

Hiring at GCF is currently underway with production expected to reach full capacity by February 2023. Those interested in working at GCF can apply here.

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Gainesville, Georgia, Gold Creek Foods is one of the nation’s largest full-service chicken processors. The company specializes in processing raw and fully cooked chicken products, serving well-known customers nationwide. With the addition of the Caryville plant, the company will employ more than 3,500 people across its operations in Georgia and Tennessee.

Since 2018, TNECD has supported more than 50 economic development projects in the East Tennessee region, resulting in approximately 7,700 job commitments and $1.8 billion in capital investment.

“I thank Gold Creek Foods for placing its trust in Tennessee and strengthening our position as one of the fastest growing states in the country. This significant investment in Campbell County will create more than 200 jobs for Tennesseans, and I look forward to seeing how the region is positively impacted in the years to come.” – Gov. Bill Lee

“Gold Creek Foods’ decision to locate in Caryville reinforces that Tennessee’s business climate and skilled workforce are unmatched across the country and continue to be the right fit for companies. Thanks to GCF, Campbell County will see the creation of more than 200 new jobs, and we are proud to take part in bringing this project to fruition.” – TNECD Commissioner Stuart McWhorter

“We already have been so impressed with the dedication and resiliency of the eastern Tennessee workforce on our frequent visits, as well as the continued recognition and acceptance of the Quick’N Eat brand in the market. We are excited about our expansion and investment in Campbell County, as well as Gold Creek Foods continuing the Quick’N Eat brand that was produced in the Caryville facility previously.” – Mark Sosebee, CEO, Gold Creek Foods

“We are so excited for the employees that will go back to work and for their families that will have a better Christmas than expected thanks to the great investment of Gold Creek Foods. Thank you to our partners at the industrial development board, county commission and State of Tennessee for their efforts in bringing this great company to our community, which will positively impact Campbell County for years to come.” – Campbell County Mayor Jack Lynch

“TVA and LaFollette Utilities congratulate Gold Creek Foods on its decision to establish operations and create new job opportunities in Caryville. Helping to attract and retain jobs and investment in the region is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service. We are proud to partner with the Campbell County Mayors Office, Campbell County Joint Economic and Community Development Board, Campbell County Industrial Development Board, East Tennessee Economic Development Agency and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to further that mission and celebrate this announcement together.” – John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development

“This is great news for Campbell County. I am very happy that Gold Creek Foods will bring back 218 jobs to this community. The workforce in Campbell County is skilled and trained to fill these positions quickly, and I am confident GCF will have success here. I appreciate the work of the state and local officials who worked very hard to secure these jobs, which will impact the lives of many families in Campbell County and be a great boost to the local economy.” – Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston)

“I am excited to welcome Gold Creek Foods to Caryville. This new processing plant will create more than 200 much-needed jobs in our area while also bringing new life to the former Campos Foods facility. Tennessee continues to be a place where businesses can thrive, and I look forward to the successful future GCF will have in Campbell County.” – Rep. Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro)

About Gold Creek Foods
Founded in 2000 in Gainesville, Ga., Gold Creek Foods, LLC, has become one of the largest full-service chicken further processors in the United States. Focused on quality and innovation, Gold Creek Foods utilizes world-class technology, feedback from our trusted partners and the dedication of our employees to continuously improve and deliver on our promise to our customers. Gold Creek Foods specializes in raw processing to fully cooked products for many industry leaders, national accounts, foodservice, and retail chains. www.goldcreekfoods.com

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment to the state and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Like us on Facebook. Subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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