TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly announced on Thursday the grand opening of a new Empirical Foods ground beef facility in Garden City.
The planned facility, which is now the largest investment in the company’s 40-year history, will create 250 new jobs and more than $ 250 million in capital investment in Garden City and Finney County.
“Empirical Foods made a wise decision in choosing to do business in a community that has so much to offer in excellent schools, infrastructure and quality of life amenities for employees and their families.” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Projects like this will continue to strengthen our state’s foundation and help us attract more companies, like Empirical, to do business in Kansas.”
Commerce Secretary David Toland joined company officials at the Garden City site for an inauguration Thursday morning.
“This major investment is another huge victory in our state’s efforts to secure our food systems now and in the future,” Secretary Toland said. “Empirical Foods is a great company with high standards of excellence. It is an exciting day for this company, for Garden City and for our state. ”
Empirical Foods’ decision to expand is the result of increased demand for lean ground beef, which requires a significant increase in processing and manufacturing. When the location is fully operational, the Garden City plant will more than double Empirical’s ground beef production.
“The Kansas Strategic Agriculture Growth Project identified the expansion of value-added beef processing in Kansas as a desired outcome,” Agriculture Secretary Mike Beam said. “The investment from this facility helps further strengthen Kansas’ role and reputation as a recognized leader in the beef industry.
“After a long period of evaluation to identify the ideal location for our new facility, we were happy to move to Garden City and we could not have identified a better, more welcoming community,” said Nick Roth, President of Empirical Technology, Inc. “The State of Kansas, Garden City and the Finney County Economic Development Corporation have been great partners for the beef industry and companies like ours.
Construction of the plant is expected to be completed between 2022 and 2023.