Fit Foodz is investing more than $15 million in the creation of a new poultry processing center that will create 180 new jobs, the Tuscaloosa County Economic Development Authority said Thursday.
“The deep pocket of talent, the colleges and university that adds so significantly to that, a tremendous living environment and the amazing people we’ve met there really made Tuscaloosa an ideal location for us,” said Lenna Castagna, president and founder of Fit Foodz. “It is a great location in a great community, and we will have plenty of room to expand.”
Fit Foodz has operations around the world, including in Japan, Guam and Europe.
“The introduction of Fit Foodz to our community will add to our existing poultry business base while introducing a new corporate citizen to support our continued economic growth,” said Norman Crow, chairman of the Tuscaloosa Economic Development Authority.
The new facility will be on seven acres and will include a raw processing line and a fully-cook line. Construction on the expansion of a building already on the site is expected to begin later this year.