Koch Foods Announces It’s Adding 70 Jobs

Koch Foods in Gadsden is expanding again. The firm, which in October announced plans to add 80 jobs, will be adding 70 more, the Gadsden City Council announced Tuesday.

The council on Tuesday approved non-education tax abatements for Koch, which will invest $7.5 million in its chicken processing plant in East Gadsden.

According to the resolution approved by the council, the jobs will add $1.89 million to Koch’s payroll.

The company currently employs 585, which includes the jobs announced in October.

The new jobs are for “value added” products, according to Mike McCain, executive director of the Gadsden-Etowah Industrial Development Authority.

Koch when it announced last year’s jobs said it would invest $6 million in the plant and hoped its expansion would be completed by January.

It purchased the plant from Tyson in 2007.

By Andy Powell
Times Staff Writer