Poultry company could double employment if allowed to move to new location


Source: Gainsville Times

A Gainesville poultry company that has outgrown space at its current location is hoping to expand operations – and double employment – in a move to new, larger building off Memorial Park Drive near Gainesville.

Soulshine Farms, now at 2411 White Sulphur Road, currently has about 300 employees. That number could increase to 500 or 600 in the move, said Michael Farmer of Soulshine Farms in an interview Friday, Nov. 13.

The company is seeking to get approval from Hall County to occupy a building at 2118 Centennial Drive. The matter is set to go before the Hall County Planning Commission at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16.

Soulshine “states that this business is a poultry processing supplier specializing in intermediary processing of raw chicken into finished poultry products for further processing,” according to a Hall County planning staff report. “The facility does not process any living poultry products and all processing in finished raw poultry products.”

Hall County Planning Commission

What: Proposed poultry plant at 2118 Centennial Drive

When: 5:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road

The plant would operate in three shifts all day Monday through Friday, “with business on weekends as needed,” the staff report says.

Hall County records show that the property has a business license for Almark Foods, an egg processing business. Ruan Transportation and Almark “previously held business licenses at this location but are currently both expired,” the staff report says.

“We’re still in negotiation (with Almark),” Farmer said. “We’re definitely going to lease (the building) and we’re trying to purchase it.”

He said if all goes well, “we’d like to get in there right after the first of the year, possibly February or March.”

The board’s recommendation would be forwarded to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for a public hearing and final action Dec. 10.