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Perdue Foods celebrates opening of Southeast Distribution Center
One hundred fifty-five new jobs created in partnership with Lineage Logistics
While leading a tour of Perdue Foods' Southeast Distribution Center on Tuesday, Rick Corona, facilities manager, shows how fresh packaged poultry products are labeled. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff
We appreciate Perdue Foods’ powerful vote of confidence in Effingham County,
Effingham County Industrial Development Authority CEO Brandt Herndon
RINCON — A Rincon-based facility is helping Perdue Foods expand its space at America’s dinner table. Perdue Foods officially opened its Southeast Distribution Center at 101 Progress Drive on Wednesday. The facility, which resulted in the creation of 155 new jobs, started operations three months ago. Fresh packaged chicken products are weighed, priced and labeled at the distribution center for shipment to customers throughout the Southeast. “We appreciate Perdue Foods’ powerful vote of confidence in Effingham County,” said Brandt Herndon, CEO of the Effingham Industrial Development Authority. “This is not just a celebration for the local economy but for the State of Georgia, also. We look forward to the growth of this partnership for years to come.” Perdue invested $5 million in the facility, paving the way for 100 jobs as part of a lease partnership with Lineage Logistics, one of the world’s largest temperature-controlled supply chain and logics providers. “Investments in the Southeast Distribution Center will enable us to meet the growing demand for no-antibiotics-ever and organic chicken and help us maintain the high level of customer service and reliability that customers expect from Perdue,” said Mark McKay, president of Perdue Premium Poultry and Meats. Lineage has also made a significant investment in facility and equipment improvements and added 55 new warehouse jobs to support the project. “We are honored Perdue chose Lineage as its warehouse partner for the weigh-price-label program,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, president and CEO of Lineage Logistics. “Our decades-long partnership is indicative of our ongoing commitment to Perdue and its customers, and we look forward to supporting their operations in Rincon and beyond for many years to come.” See the Sept. 12 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.