Fieldale Farms will be moving forward with an expansion at its Murrayville plant after the Hall County Board of Commissioners approved the development on Thursday, Aug. 9.
Fieldale Farms’ plant in Murrayville will be expanding, with additions being made gradually and completion expected by 2037.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the request for the property on Thursday.
The plant, which currently employs more than 1,800 people, is located at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Hubert Stephens Road. The processing plant will expand by 200,000 square feet, almost doubling it in size. The expansion also includes an additional 40,000 square feet in support buildings, including offices and a day care only open to employees.
Fieldale Farms has been operating the plant since 1964 and has expanded several times since then. The request approved Thursday addresses the company’s plans for future growth over the next 20 years.
John Wright, vice president of operations for Fieldale Farms, said the expansion was an investment the company wanted to make to stay local and keep running.
“All this is to make sure that we can stay in Hall County. … We’re local. We’re not an international company or a company from other areas of the United States. We want to stay here,” he said.
Commissioners also approved a request from the Georgia Department of Transportation to add a flashing beacon light at the intersection of Thompson Bridge and Hubert Stephens roads near the entrance to the plant.