A global food manufacturer is investing $50 million and bringing 80 jobs to Banks County.
Gov. Nathan Deal made the announcement Friday that Diana Food is proposing a 40-acre facility predominately focused on processing meat.
“Diana Food’s decision to establish a presence in Banks County is a testament to Georgia’s top-ranked business climate,” Deal said in a statement. “Georgia offers the transportation network required for growing companies and a workforce second to none. I am confident this strategic Banks County location will provide significant benefits for Diana Food as the company continues its growth in the Southeast.”
The initial plan for the location is a 90,000-square-foot facility in the Banks Crossing Business Park, including offices, manufacturing and warehouse spaces.
Banks beat out more than 25 other communities for the new facility during negotiations over a year and a half, said Scott Ledford, chairman of the county’s development authority.
“Banks County, Ga., is the best partner for our new manufacturing plant and research and development facility in North America,” Yannick Riou, president of Diana Food, stated in a press release. He noted proximity to customers and access to high quality local, sustainable food sources.
Brad Day, Banks County Development Authority executive, said the project will have far-reaching economic benefits.
“The Diana Food project represents a serious investment in the Banks County area,” Day said. “And its return to the community will be multiple millions of dollars over the next years.”
Day also praised Diana Food’s focus on health and natural ingredients, calling them, “exactly the sort of clean business that Banks County needs.”