Industrial Development in Thomasville

Good news for the rose city economy as a new industry prepares to move into town. The announcement came today of a new state-of-the-art beef manufacturing plant.

The president of the Chamber of Commerce says Flowers Baking Company has been Thomasville’s flagship industry for decades, and the city plans to compliment flowers success with a new $8.5 million industry.

"Flowers is one of the premier baking company's to include hamburger buns and we thought it would be great if we had the premier beef patty manufacturer in the US coming in."

Sims says answering the question of "where's the beef" will soon be a little easier. American fresh foods, a ground beef products manufacturing company, will be located on a 14-acre site adjacent to Americold off US 84 west.

"The plant in Thomasville will be focused on case ready ground beef products and we'll be selling those initially to the retail trade which would be supermarkets."

The state of the art facility will create 100 jobs over the next three years, and Sims has even higher expectations. "For each industrial job, you create two and a half service jobs. So the fact that they're coming in will have an economic impact of 350 jobs instead of the 100 that they have."

It’s an impact that’s invaluable to a rural community, and Sims says hopefully results in more quality companies opting to grow in Thomasville.

Construction on the 75,000 square foot facility will begin in the fall. The plant is expected to be up and running in the spring of 2005.