Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that 80 Acres Farms will create 150 new jobs in Newton County. The $120 million investment in Covington, Georgia, will help the company meet growing consumer demand for local, fresh produce.
"We are excited to welcome 80 Acres Farms to Georgia as we continue finding new, exciting ways to support and grow our state's No. 1 agriculture industry," said Governor Kemp. "I look forward to seeing the difference that 80 Acres Farms will make in Covington as they employ hardworking Georgians and pour into the local community and surrounding region."
The 80 Acres Farms facility is already under construction in Covington, with expected completion by August. The farm will be distributing to retailers by early 2023. When fully operational, it will generate four times as much food as the company's current largest and most productive farm in Hamilton, Ohio. It will be capable of growing leafy greens, microgreens, vine crops, and fruits year-round. As the farm's opening date approaches, the company will be hiring across a variety of roles, from hourly growing and harvesting jobs to salaried management positions to support functions in finance, sales, and more. Interested individuals can learn more at www.80AcresFarms.com.
Benefits for the Atlanta region
"It's no coincidence that our first next-generation production farm outside the Midwest will be in the heart of Georgia," said 80 Acres Farms CEO Mike Zelkind. "We went looking for another community where government officials and business leaders were prioritizing the future of farming, and we found that in Covington. This new farm allows us to give consumers in the Atlanta region what they truly want—fresh, local, pesticide-free food."
"The City of Covington continues to be at the forefront for business success, and we are honored to partner with 80 Acres Farms, another environmentally sustainable business joining our community," said Mayor Steve Horton of the City of Covington. "Many thanks to our development authority, NOW Covington."
Senior Project Manager Kristen Miller represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development's (GDEcD) Global Commerce team on this competitive project in partnership with the City of Covington and NOW Covington.
"80 Acres Farms is an exciting and innovative addition to Georgia's agriculture community, which embraces sustainable farming solutions that push the industry forward," said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. "Vertical farming technology uses cutting-edge techniques to better manage land and resources, increase crop yields, and reliably produce a diverse selection of crops year-round. Georgia's rich farming history, our innovative AgTech ecosystem, and our strategic geographic location ensures 80 Acres Farms will find all the support it needs to flourish in Georgia."
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