After four years of planning and construction, Golden State Foods (GSF) officially opened its new 160,000-square-foot processing plant in Opelika, Ala. The plant will produce fresh and frozen patties and will serve six McDonald’s distribution centers and 2,900 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the Southeast, as well as four Nestlé manufacturing facilities. The plant’s opening has created more than 200 jobs for the local Opelika community.
The official ribbon-cutting was attended by GSF’s board of directors, CEO Mark Wetterau, McDonald’s executives and franchise owners, and city officials from Opelika. In his opening comments, Mayor Gary Fuller thanked the company for selecting the city and praised the organization for its values.