An Exciting Milestone for American Foods Group
American Foods Group, LLC (AFG) has initiated the construction of a cutting-edge beef processing facility in Warren County, Missouri. The groundbreaking ceremony, held near Wright City, signifies the start of a project projected to generate an impressive $1 billion in annual economic impact for the state.
An Agricultural Boost for Missouri
Governor Mike Parson, himself a third-generation farmer and cattleman, expressed his enthusiasm for AFG’s presence in Missouri. Recognizing agriculture as the number one industry in the state with a yearly contribution of $94 billion to the economy, Parson praised AFG’s investment as testament to Missouri’s potential for growth and expansion. The governor warmly welcomed AFG, stating that their establishment in Missouri would yield long-term benefits for agricultural producers and consumers alike.
A Visionary Move by American Foods Group
Steve Van Lannen, President and COO of American Foods Group, shared his excitement about the project, emphasizing the significance of the new facility in Warren County. Van Lannen emphasized how the expansion would address industry demands, provide ample space for processing, and cater to the rising beef demand among AFG’s valued customers, partners, and consumers.
Sizeable Investment and Job Creation
AFG plans to invest a staggering $800 million into the construction of the facility, which will span an impressive 775,000 square feet. Alongside this, the company aims to generate over 1,300 new jobs in the region, contributing an annual payroll of approximately $80 million.
A Partnership That Celebrates Heritage and Growth
Steve Etcher, representing the Greater Warren County Economic Development Council, praised American Foods Group’s alignment with the region’s strong agricultural heritage. Etcher commended the Rosen family’s leadership and the company’s commitment to treating employees like family, investing in communities, and becoming a trusted corporate partner. Etcher highlighted that AFG’s presence in Warren County fulfills the council’s decade-long mission to attract businesses that provide well-paying jobs for the community’s residents.
Strengthening the Economy
Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc., acknowledged the pivotal role that the agricultural sector plays in driving local economic growth. Hall noted how AFG’s new facility would bolster the economy for local farmers and agriculture businesses. Pointing to St. Louis’ thriving agricultural and agtech strengths, Hall emphasized that the family-owned company’s investment in Warren County would benefit the region for years to come, demonstrating the prowess of St. Louis in comparison to other regions.
A Family-Owned Powerhouse
Being a family-owned business, AFG currently employs over 4,500 individuals across the United States. In selecting the location for their latest facility, the company evaluated numerous options and ultimately chose Missouri. Their decision is a testament to Missouri’s rich history in food processing, the strength of its agricultural sector, and its central position within the country.
Missouri Partnership’s Role in Attraction
Subash Alias, CEO of Missouri Partnership, expressed his confidence that Missouri’s food processing history, agricultural strengths, and central location played a pivotal role in securing AFG for the state. Alias welcomed AFG and commended the company’s stellar reputation as a leading beef processing entity. He eagerly anticipated AFG’s growth and expansion within Missouri, recognizing the immense value it would bring.
Building Alliances for Success
Missouri Partnership collaborated with various partners to attract AFG to Warren County. This coalition included the Greater Warren County Economic Development Council (GWCEDC), Greater St. Louis, Inc., Warren County, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri Development Finance Board, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri One Start, Missouri Department of Corrections, St. Charles Community College, St. Charles Water District #2, Norfolk Southern, Ameren, Cuivre River Electric, Cochran Engineering, Missouri Farmers Care, Missouri Farm Bureau, and Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.
A Promising Future
AFG is optimistic about becoming fully operational by the end of 2024, spearheading growth and development in Warren County. This bold initiative signifies a remarkable milestone in the local agricultural landscape and underscores Missouri’s commitment to attracting major investments.
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Media Contact: Janelle Higgins, 314.541.4911, [email protected]
SOURCE: Missouri Partnership