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GA: Star Snacks to Invest $18M to Locate Mfg in Macon-Bibb, Hire 115

4 Apr, 2017


Star Snacks Co. LLC, a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality branded nuts, trail mixes and dried fruits, will locate a new manufacturing facility to Macon-Bibb.

Adding to the robust investment portfolio of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, the company will invest more than $18 million in a peanut roasting and packaging facility. The addition of this facility will add to Macon-Bibb's agribusiness profile. Star Snacks' mission to offer a quality dried fruit and nut at an attractive price point drove its decision to select the state of Georgia and specifically Macon-Bibb Its aggressive growth plan promises to deliver 115 new jobs to the Macon-Bibb workforce.

"I'm delighted to welcome Star Snacks to Macon-Bibb County, and I look forward to their employees and families joining our vibrant community," said Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert A.B. Reichert. "The Commission and I truly appreciate the work our economic development partners do to market our community and for showing businesses why investing in the Hub City of Middle Georgia is a solid move."

"We are excited about establishing our new processing facility in Bibb County. One of the big attractions was the Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority team's capabilities and eagerness to make things happen," said Mendel Brachfeld, Managing Partner of Star Snacks LLC. "In addition we feel very confident in the local workforce to be able to support our company."

Star Snacks provides a number of services including private labeling for brand name retailers, national and regional drug store chains, supermarkets and deep discounters. The company will construct a 200,000-square-foot facility to source, roast and distribute peanuts, which are found in southwest Georgia with a potential extension of an additional 200,000 square feet. 

"Our new model is working and we are elated to add a new investment of 115 new jobs to our regional economic impact for this community. Star Snacks reflects our values as a family-owned business with a proven record of success for over 50 years," said MBCIA Chairman Cliffard Whitby. "Expanding Macon-Bibb's footprint in the snack industry and agribusiness field is a testament to our great location, business-friendly environment, and ability to attract more new industry."

"This is another huge win for Macon, and the state of Georgia," said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. "Our state is known for its agricultural assets, both nationally and internationally, and peanuts are one of our most recognizable Georgia grown products. It is our hope that Star Snacks finds our abundant agricultural resources, skilled workforce, and accessibility to markets worldwide beneficial to their operations."

GDEcD Project Manager Joshua Stephens represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with the Macon-Bibb Industrial Development Authority and Georgia Power.

For more information, contact Stephen Adams, MBCIA Director of Economic Development at 478.488.8252 or sadams@mbcia.com.

 About Star Snacks

Star Snacks, Co. LLC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality branded nuts, trail mixes, and dried fruits. Services:  Production & distribution of nuts, trail mix & dried fruit needs in the salty snack category. Company does a number of services including private labeling for brand name retailers, national and regional drug store chains, supermarkets and deep discounters.

About GDEcD

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects.

About the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority

The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) is Macon-Bibb's lead economic development authority. It is a public body corporate and politic duly created by an Act of the General Assembly in 1962 and is governed by a six-member board. The MBCIA was created for the public purpose of promoting and expanding, for the public good and welfare, industry and trade within Macon-Bibb County, Georgia and reducing unemployment to the greatest extent possible. The MBCIA has developed and owns land in several industrial parks, and also leases manufacturing, warehousing and office space. To learn more, visit www.mbcia.com.

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