Plant Expansion Provides More Space, Jobs

Suwannee County's largest employer is now even larger, opening doors for more jobs and an economic boost to the area.

Gold Kist's Poultry Processing facility in Live Oak opened the company's $70-million dollar expansion Thursday morning.

The 180,000 square foot expansion doubles the size of the plant, but more important to area residents, it's adding 100 new employees.

Suwannee County Resident McDonald Graham says, "I've got kin folks that work there and it's helped them out a lot. By helping my kin folks out, it's helping me out a lot. I would love to see them get bigger than what they are. That's the biggest thing that's going for this community. It keeps Suwannee County floating."

The Gold Kist Florida Division in Live Oak employs about 1600 people, providing jobs for Suwannee and surrounding Florida and Georgia counties.