COFFEE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) - More jobs are coming to Coffee County and Governor Kay Ivey was on hand to share the exciting news.
Officials are calling it the largest economic development project in Coffee County's history. The expansion to Wayne Farms near Enterprise will create 400 new jobs.
"When economic development success occurs, it's because working together with one goal is the norm. As governor, I am committed to ensuring that everybody who wants a job can have a job."
Alabama’s unemployment rate continues to drop; now at 3.6%, Ivey says it's the lowest recorded in the state’s history.
The expansion is already in the works and expected to be complete a year from now. This brings Wayne Farms' total workforce at the plant to more than 1,700, increasing production by more than 30%.
Manager Brad Williams believes it's vital to bring business to rural areas here in the Wiregrass, he's seen how successful it's been.
"In Dothan we've grown tremendously. We’ve added 500 jobs there in the last couple years. We’ve built a new feeding mill in Newton and the Ozark area right off 231. It's started up now and basically at full production,” said Williams.
"This facility right here, they are also helping hard working Alabamians put food on their own tables,” added Ivey.
Wayne Farms officials say they're investing 1$05,000,000 in the expansion project.