SALISBURY, Md. – Perdue Farms is investing $42 million to expand its cooking operation in Perry, Georgia. The deal will create 125 new jobs in Houston County, according to the company and an announcement made by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.

“We’re proud to be an ongoing part of the economic growth happening here in Middle Georgia,” said Perdue Farms CEO Randy Day. “I want to thank Governor Deal and his office, Commissioner Gary Black and the Dept. of Agriculture and the Development Authority of Houston County for their support and leadership.”

Perdue Farms’ cooking operation in Perry, which it acquired in 2004, produces a variety of frozen, cooked chicken products. The expansion plan includes installing a third cooking line to occupy 30,000 sq. ft. at the facility.

Since the acquisition in 2004, Perdue Farms has created more than 900 jobs in the area, modernized and expanded its processing plant, opened a distribution center, and added a cooking plant. A hatchery, feed mill and live production office in Forsyth, Georgia, provide support to more than 140 farmers who raise chickens for Perdue Farms.

“Perdue Farms’ contributions to our poultry industry span more than a decade and continue to drive the growth of agribusiness in Middle Georgia,” Deal said. “As a valued member of our business community, Perdue Farms understands the benefits of utilizing Georgia’s logistics infrastructure and network of resources when expanding operations. This new investment in Houston County will not only create even more quality jobs for the community, but also will reaffirm Georgia’s reputation as a leader in agribusiness.”

Day continued, “This expansion will help us meet the growing demand for no-antibiotics-ever and organic products, and maintain the high level of customer service and reliability our customers in Georgia and across the country expect from Perdue.”