Governor Lee announces Gold Creek Foods to establish manufacturing operations in Campbell County

One of the nation’s largest poultry processing companies to create more than 200 new jobs in Caryville

Nashville – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart McWhorter and Gold Creek Foods (GCF) officials announced today the company will invest $15 million to establish manufacturing operations in Campbell County.

Through this project, GCF will create 218 new jobs in Caryville as the company acquires the assets of Campos Foods LLC, which shut down its beef processing operations earlier this year. 

“We already have been so impressed with the dedication and resiliency of the eastern Tennessee workforce on our frequent visits,” said CEO of Gold Creek Foods Mark Sosebee, “as well as the continued recognition and acceptance of the Quick’N Eat brand in the market are excited about our expansion and investment in Campbell County, as well as Gold Creek Foods continuing the Quick’N Eat brand that was produced in the Caryville facility previously.”

Following the acquisition of 241 Elkins Road, the Tennessee plant will be updated and converted into a poultry further processing facility, allowing GCF to increase production by running 50 million pounds of par-fried and fully cooked chicken products per year.

“We are so excited for the employees that will go back to work and for their families that will have a better Christmas than expected thanks to the great investment of Gold Creek Foods,” said Campbell County Mayor Jack Lynch. “Thank you to our partners at the industrial development board, county commission and State of Tennessee for their efforts in bringing this great company to our community, which will positively impact Campbell County for years to come.” 

Hiring at GCF is currently underway with production expected to reach full capacity by February 2023. Those interested in working at GCF can apply here.

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Gainesville, Georgia, Gold Creek Foods is one of the nation’s largest full-service chicken processors. The company specializes in processing raw and fully cooked chicken products, serving well-known customers nationwide. With the addition of the Caryville plant, the company will employ more than 3,500 people across its operations in Georgia and Tennessee.  

Since 2018, TNECD has supported more than 50 economic development projects in the East Tennessee region, resulting in approximately 7,700 job commitments and $1.8 billion in capital investment. 

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