SCREVEN COUNTY, Ga. – Claxton Poultry Farms celebrated the grand opening of the company’s new poultry processing facility in Sylvania, Georgia. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, his wife Marty and other dignitaries joined company officials to commemorate the grand opening with a ribbon cutting.

The new chicken deboning and packaging facility sits on a 33-acre site and spans 33,000 sq. ft. The plant cost more than $16.5 million to build. Poultry meat processed at this plant is destined for Chick-fil-A, the company said. The plant is running two lines, but Claxton is considering running a third line. The plant currently is processing 110,000 head per day.

Claxton Poultry is a supplier to leading foodservice and retail brands including Chick-fil-A, Walmart, Popeye’s, KFC, Zaxby’s and Bojangles’ among others. The company processes more than 2 million birds per week, employs approximately 1,800 workers and 250 contract poultry growers. More than 180 people are employed at the Sylvania plant.