Claxton Poultry this week opened its new deboning facility in Sylvania, GA, just north of Savannah.

The $12 million plant is expected to focus on supplying poultry products to restaurants and foodservice, such as Popeye’s, KFC, Chick-fil-A and Zaxby’s. The company said it has about 180 employees at the plant and is considering adding a third shift to meet demand.

Claxton first announced plans for the plant, located in Screven County, in September of 2018 as part of a plan to expand operations across Georgia.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and his wife Marty helped celebrate the official opening by touring the facility and making remarks on the importance of growing jobs and the economy in rural Georgia. The visit was part of Kemp’s Georgia Made tour. “We had another great stop on the #GeorgiaMade tour today. Excited to welcome Claxton Poultry to Sylvania and celebrate Georgia’s thriving poultry industry,” Kemp said on Twitter.

“Our new facility will enable us to meet the growing needs of our current customers and allow for future expansion as customer needs dictate. We look forward to working with the county and the development authority on this project and to contributing to the local economy in Screven and surrounding counties,” Claxton Poultry President Mikell Fries said at the time.