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American Foods Group Breaks Ground On Beef Processing Facility

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American Foods Group is planning on opening a new beef processing facility in Warren County, Missouri. The company broke ground Sept. 12 at the site near Wright City – marking the beginning of a project expected to generate $1 billion in annual economic impact in Missouri. 

“As a third-generation farmer and cattleman myself, I am proud to welcome AFG to Missouri. This is a major development that will benefit Missouri’s agricultural producers and consumers for years to come,” said Gov. Mike Parson.

“With $94 billion contributed to our economy annually, we appreciate that agriculture is our No. 1 industry. American Foods Group’s investment in Missouri further signals to the nation and world what we’ve known all along, that Missouri is the best place for companies to grow and expand. We couldn’t be more excited for AFG’s expansion in Missouri.”

American Foods Group is family-owned and has more than 4,500 employees across the U.S. The company evaluated multiple locations for its newest facility where it plans to process 2,400 cattle per day. AFG is investing $800 million in the facility, which plans to create more than 1,300 new jobs in the region.

“Warren County has a strong heritage in agriculture, and today we get to celebrate the opportunity to build on that heritage with American Foods Group,” said Steve Etcher of the Greater Warren County Economic Development Council.

“I am impressed with the Rosen family and company leadership and how they embrace their employees as family, invest in their communities and strive to be a valued corporate partner. This is exactly the type of company the EDC envisioned when they launched their mission 10 years ago to attract new businesses to Warren County that will provide good paying jobs for the residents of our community.”

Missouri Partnership worked with the following partners to attract American Foods Group to Warren County, including Greater Warren County Economic Development Council, Greater St. Louis, Inc., Warren County, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri Development Finance Board, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri One Start, Missouri Department of Corrections, St. Charles Community College, St. Charles Water District No. 2, Norfolk Southern, Ameren, Cuivre River Electric, Cochran Engineering, Missouri Farmers Care, Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri Cattlemen’s Association.

The company plans to be fully operational by the end of 2024.

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