Golden State Foods’ (GSF) new beef processing plant is located in the Northeast Opelika Industrial Park in Opelika, Alabama, US.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified facility is GSF’s first fresh beef processing plant and was opened in July 2018.

GSF was prviously carrying out beef processing operations in a shared facility at its Liquid Products business in Conyers. Space constraints necessitated the construction of a new plant, which will have space dedicated to the production of the company’s protein products.

The project was first announced in February 2015 with an estimated investment of $40m. Due to increase in expenditure, the investment estimate rose to $45m and further to $63m.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the beef processing plant was held in March 2016. The new facility has created approximately 200 jobs in Opelika.

The new facility will supply its products to six McDonald’s distribution centres, 2,900 McDonald’s restaurants and four Nestlé production plants.

Location of GSF’s new beef processing plant

GSF’s new beef processing plant is located on a 50-acre site in the Northeast Opelika Industrial Park.

The location was selected due to the co-operation of the Government of Alabama.

“The facility has an annual production capacity of 170 million pounds of protein products.”

The industrial park provides direct connectivity to the US Highway 29 and the Interstate 85 at Exit 64. The location will enable GSF to meet the demands of its customers located in the southeast and midwest US.

The Northpark Drive located near the industrial park was extended by the Opelika Government with a three-lane roadway to serve the new facility.

Golden State Foods beef processing facility details

GSF’s new beef processing plant is built in 165,000ft² and has a 34ft clear height steel frame structure with an insulated metal panel and tilt-up concrete exterior walls.

The facility has an annual production capacity of 170 million pounds of protein products. It features six frozen beef patty lines and five fresh beef patty lines. The beef patties produced by the facility will be used for preparing burgers.

The factory also comprises 88,000ft² of production space, a 20,000ft² freezer, 12,000ft² of office space and a 40,000ft² support area. It also includes a central ammonia system, 12 exterior dock positions, 30 trailer positions and 170 car parking spaces.

The processing plant is carefully planned and designed to ensure safety and sustainability. It will use new technology and innovative methods to produce high-quality beef products.

Contractors involved

Design and construction services were carried out by Clayco and its subsidiary BatesForum.

Forum Studio, a subsidiary of Calyco, provided architecture and interior design services.

Other contractors involved in the project included Sterling Industrial Refrigeration and Amteck.

Marketing commentary on Golden State Foods

Based in Irvine, California, GSF is one of the biggest suppliers of meat products to the fast food industry.

Established in 1947, the company supplies its products to more than 125,000 restaurants from 45 facilities located in five continents. Its main businesses include the production and distribution of liquid products, meat products, produce, dairy and full-line logistics services.

GSF has a quality assurance (QA) laboratory that monitors the quality of its products throughout the production process.

The company has approximately 7,000 employees globally.