Empirical Foods has laid the foundation stone for a new ground beef facility in Garden City, KS. The proposed facility, now the largest single investment in the company’s 40-year history, will add 250 new jobs and capital investments of more than $ 250 million to Garden City and Finney Counties.

“After a long period of evaluation to determine the perfect location for our new facility, we chose Garden City and couldn’t have found a better and more welcoming community,” said Nick Roth, president of Empirical Technology, Inc. of the state of Kansas. Garden City and Finney County Economic Development Corporation have been great partners with the beef industry and with companies like ours. “

(Photo: Empirical Foods Garden City)

Empirical Foods’ decision to expand was driven by increased demand for lean ground beef, which requires significant increases in processing and manufacturing. When the site is fully operational, the Garden City facility will more than double Empirical’s ground beef production.

“Empirical Foods made a wise decision to do business in a community that has so much to offer that employees and their families can enjoy excellent schools, infrastructure and quality of life facilities,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “Projects like this will further strengthen the foundation of our state and help us attract more companies like Empirical to do business in Kansas.”

“This significant investment is another great asset to our state’s efforts to secure our food systems now and in the future,” said Secretary of Commerce David Toland. “Empirical Foods is a great company with high quality standards. This is an exciting day for this company, for Garden City, and for our state. “

“The Kansas Agriculture Strategic Growth Project has identified the expansion of value-added beef processing in Kansas as a desired outcome,” said Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam. “Investing in this facility will further strengthen Kansas’ role and reputation as a recognized leader in the beef industry.”

Construction of the facility is expected to be completed between 2022 and 2023.

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