ATTALLA – An expansion at Dean’s Sausage will retain 30 of the company’s 120-130 jobs and possibly set the stage for more jobs to be added in a future expansion, Deb Howard, representing the Gadsden-Etowah Industrial Development Authority, told members of the Attalla City Council Tuesday.
A representative of Dean’s Sausage, doing business as Kentucky Farm Kitchens – the cooked products portion of the business – asked for an abatement of taxes for the $1 million expansion, said Howard, the agency’s director for research and industry assistance.
The Attalla City Council voted to approve the request for abatement of taxes during the construction of the new phase.
The expansion will include about $500,000 for a new building and $500,000 for new equipment and include additional freezer and cooking space, Howard said.
“This will allow them to open up another line,” Howard told the council. “It is a $1 million capital investment to add on.”
The expansion is expected to be completed by December and will retain 30 jobs in the Kentucky Farm Kitchens division, Howard said. Another phase of expansion will follow, she said.
“We’ll be talking about additional jobs at that point,” she said.
Between Dean’s Sausage and Kentucky Farm Kitchens about 120-130 people are employed.
By Lisa Rogers
Times Staff Writer