75 New Jobs at Montgomery Plant, Driving Economic Growth
MONTGOMERY – Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Adam Pollet and Butterball, LLC, today announced that the nation’s largest producer of turkey products plans to create 75 jobs at its Montgomery plant in Kane County, increasing its workforce by 15 percent, as it invests $24 million to expand its turkey and pork processing operation. Garner, N.C.-based Butterball currently employs about 500 workers at the Montgomery plant, which it acquired upon purchasing family-owned Gusto Packing Company last year. The announcement is part of Governor Pat Quinn’s agenda to create jobs and drive the state’s economy forward.
“Governor Quinn has made it a priority to invest in Illinois and build on the state’s substantial presence in the food processing industry,” said Pollet. “We are pleased that we were able to work with Butterball to expand its facility in Montgomery and deepen its business commitment to Illinois.”
The Quinn administration worked with Butterball, the village of Montgomery and the Montgomery Economic Development Corp. to bring new production and new jobs to Illinois. Butterball plans to add the 75 new jobs in Montgomery over the next two years. The company will be eligible for state tax credits based on the jobs created. It is also eligible for a low-interest loan from the village.
“As Butterball expands its offering of innovative turkey products, we identified a need to enhance production capabilities,” said Joe Nalley, chief operations officer for Butterball, LLC. “The Montgomery plant provided an ideal facility for that expansion while allowing us the opportunity to absorb an attractive, on-going further processed pork business. We look forward to deepening our roots in Illinois to support our growing business and provide long-term solutions that meet consumer demand for Butterball’s delicious products.”
“Montgomery has a very strong manufacturing core, houses a strong workforce and boasts premier access to various modes of transportation,” said Village President Matt Brolley. “I believe that this project will serve as a catalyst for industrial growth that will launch a new era of business in our community. I want to thank Butterball for the confidence that it has shown in our community.”
Butterball, LLC, is co-owned by Seaboard Corporation, a Fortune 500 company with a long history of agribusiness and commodity-related operations, and by Maxwell Farms, a privately held, North Carolina-based corporation with nearly 100 years of agribusiness experience in the feed, poultry and pork industries. Butterball purchased Gusto Packing Company in December 2012.
Under Governor Quinn’s leadership, the state of Illinois has worked diligently to identify companies with the potential to bring jobs and economic growth to Illinois. The state has added 216,000 private sector jobs since January 2010, when job growth returned to Illinois following a two-year period of declines during the recession.
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About Butterball, LLC:
Headquartered in Garner, N.C., Butterball, LLC is the largest producer of turkey products in the U.S. – producing approximately 1 billion pounds of turkey each year. For more than 50 years, the company has provided foodservice and retail products to customers and consumers around the world. As an industry leader in quality and food safety, the company employs numerous processes to ensure the health of flocks and implements recognized prevention measures to exceed food safety standards. Butterball-branded products are currently distributed throughout the U.S. and in more than 30 countries. Butterball, LLC operates six processing plants located in North Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois.
For consumer questions or information, please visit Butterball.com or call 1-800-BUTTERBALL
(1-800-288-8372). Visit ButterballCorp.com for corporate information about the company.