Star Snacks to create 115 jobs, invest $18 million in Macon-Bibb County
ATLANTA – April 3, 2017 – The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced that Star Snacks, Co. LLC, a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality branded nuts, trail mixes and dried fruits, will create 115 jobs and invest more than $18 million in a peanut roasting and packaging facility in Macon-Bibb County.
“Georgia’s business-friendly environment has again attracted a leading manufacturer to invest in our state,” said Gov. Nathan Deal. “In choosing Macon-Bibb County, Star Snacks will enjoy the benefits of locating in the top state for both business and peanut production. Georgia’s skilled workforce and unparalleled economic environment will serve Star Snacks well for the future as the company continues to grow.”
Star Snacks will construct a 200,000-square-foot facility to source, roast and distribute peanuts grown in southwest Georgia. The newly created jobs will include positions in manufacturing and processing.
“We are excited about establishing our new processing facility in Bibb County,” said Mendel Brachfeld, managing partner of Star Snacks. “One of the big attractions was the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority team’s capabilities and eagerness to make things happen. In addition we feel very confident in the local workforce to be able to support our company.”
Star Snacks specializes in the production and distribution of salty snacks. The company’s services also include private labeling for brand name retailers, national and regional drug store chains, supermarkets and discount retailers.
“Our new model is working and we are elated to add a new investment of 115 new jobs to our regional economic impact for this community,” said Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority Chairman Cliffard Whitby. “Star Snacks reflects our values as a family-owned business with a proven record of success for over fifty years. Expanding Macon-Bibb’s footprint in the snack industry and agribusiness field is a testament to our great location, business-friendly environment, and ability to attract more new industry.”
GDEcD Project Manager Joshua Stephens represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Development Authority, Georgia Power and Georgia Quick Start.
“This is another huge win for Macon, and the state of Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Our state is known for its agricultural assets, both nationally and internationally, and peanuts are one of our most recognizable Georgia grown products. It is our hope that Star Snacks finds our abundant agricultural resources, skilled workforce, and accessibility to markets worldwide beneficial to their operations.”
About Star Snacks
Star Snacks, Co. LLC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality branded nuts, trail mixes and dried fruits. Its services include production and distribution of salty snacks, as well as private labeling for brand name retailers, national and regional drug store chains, supermarkets and deep discounters.