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Groundbreaking For Million Dollar Freezer
Wednesday, 01 July 2009
Chicken of the Sea Executives: Jim Cox (Director of Engineering & Purchasing) & Shue Wing Chan (CEO)
From left to right: Carol Williams, Mark Auer , Bill Mitchel, Shue Wing Chan, Paul Grenier , Senator Tommie Williams, Ian Boatwood, John Robison, Toombs Co. Commission Chairman Buddy West, Pollyann Martin, Mayor John Moore, B.J. Davis, Mayor Ronnie Dixon, Wayne Smith, Sam Polk
July 1--The coldest spot in town will now be the zero degree freezer managed by the new Chicken of the Sea Canning Operation on Highway 1 north of Lyons.

At a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the plant's 10,000 square foot freezer, company engineer Jim Cox says Toombs County is the perfect location for the new plant.

"We're really happy to be here in Toombs County. We thought the building was beautiful and the area was developed economically for what we are trying to do. It's near the port of Savannah which is key for our operation. We think that there is enough support in the community here and quality people that can support our operation," says Cox.

Lyons Mayor John Moore says the state government was key in helping bring the company to the area by providing one million dollars to get the new freezer up and running.

"I want to thank the fact that the state stepped up and is going to construct this freezer at 10,000 square feet. I think that was instrumental in the company deciding to come to Lyons," explains Moore.

Moore also believes that the plant will help stimulate the local economy once the 200 plus workers are hired to run the facility.

"Hopefully, it will get up to 200 plus jobs, they'll have two shifts. They'll have five loads of tuna coming from the port per day. Of course, once you get 200 people plus working weekly, that is a tremendous shot in the arm for your community. As I have said before, if it's not but 10 or 20 jobs, it makes a difference in those families that are getting those checks. Once you get that up to 200, that will be a tremendous help to our community and surrounding communities," says Moore.

Also speaking at the groundbreaking were Bill Mitchell with the Toombs County Development Authority, Vidalia Mayor Ronnie Dixon, Senator Tommie Williams, Toombs County Commission Chairman Buddy West, and CEO of 'Chicken of the Sea,' Shue Wing Chan.

'Chicken of the Sea' hopes to have the new plant running by the Fall.
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