GA: BD&K Foods to Open New Facility in Columbus, Hire 35
17 Sep, 2015
BD&K Foods, a premier-provider of fully-prepared southern-style vegetables, announced it has acquired a new facility and has plans to hire 35 additional team members. The 75,000 square-foot building is located at 1333 Cusseta Road and will allow the company to roll-out its new Fixin’s line of hot, packaged side dishes slated to be sold in grocery store delis alongside rotisserie chickens and other ready-to-eat protein items.
The new space will be a compliment to BD&K’s existing 30,000 square-foot facility on Andrews Road that has grown to employ 75 production and administrative associates since arriving in Columbus in 2009.
"We have been very pleased with the quality of the workforce here in Columbus as well as the site selection support we received from the Columbus Chamber of Commerce," said Kevin Jordan, CEO of BD&K Foods. "This new building will allow us to bring in-house our freezing, storage and distribution functions. It also allows us to expand our production capacities in the future."
BD&K foods worked closely with the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Development Authority of Columbus to make this project a reality.
"Our economic development department has made it a priority to work with existing companies," said Brian Anderson, president & CEO of the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce. "By taking time to understand BD&K’s business, our team was able to provide valuable resources and insight to the company which has resulted in a deepening of their roots in Columbus."
"Existing businesses like BD&K are so important to the health and growth of our community and as such we are excited about their acquisition and plans to hire more people in Columbus," said Billy Blanchard, chairman of the Development Authority of Columbus. "We also appreciate the partnership we share with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce which has a proven track record of attracting capital investment and new jobs to our community."
BD&K Foods has prepared cooked foods for the grocery industry as well as schools and military installations since its inception. Transparent to consumers in its traditional lines of business, their new line of branded retail products seek to establish a recognizable brand that pairs hot, ready to eat side dishes with similarly prepared protein items. The signature item in this category is the rotisserie-cooked chicken. With more than 800 million rotisserie chickens sold each year, but few if any packaged hot grab and go sides available, BD&K is stepping in to complete the meal with its
Fixin’s line of seven hot, fully prepared and packaged side dishes that will be offered for sale right next to the rotisserie chickens. Families can now grab a couple of hot side dishes along with their chicken and be able to serve a fast wholesome traditional style dinner.
About BD&K Foods, Inc.
Founded in 1999 in Auburn, Alabama and relocated to Columbus, Georgia in 2009, BD&K Foods has for fourteen years provided hot and ready southern-style side dishes to meat-and-three restaurants, grocery store hot-bars, and deli buffets. Each year the company serves 70-million side dishes to families all over the country and to our military families overseas. BD&K provides better, tastier solutions to the daily challenge of the family dinner. www.bdkfoods.com
About Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce is an energetic and visionary organization committed to building a more prosperous community by promoting business success and being the leader in community, economic and talent development. www.columbusgachamber.com