California-based Golden State Foods (GSF) has received approval to install new machinery at its food-processing plant in Opelika, Alabama.

The Opelika City Council gave the all clear to the company’s planned investment earlier this week, according to council tax abatement filings viewed by Just Food.

GSF intends to invest $9.4m in producing and installing “new manufacturing machinery” at the facility at Northeast Opelika Industrial Park.

According to local news agency Opelika-Auburn News, the company is looking to acquire automated equipment for its plant.

Just Food has asked the company for information on what foods the technology will be used to produce, as well as how many new jobs the facility extension will create at the site.

The installation is due to be completed by the end of December 2024, the filing read.

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Opelika City Council has also granted GSF with an abatement of “all state and local non-education property taxes” for a ten-year period.

Set up in 1947 in Los Angeles, GSF produces a range of food and drinks products. These include sauces and condiments, coffee creamers, soft-serve ice cream, protein shakes, hamburger patties and other beef goods. It has been a supplier for fast-food giant McDonalds for more than 65 years.

The privately-owned group supplies more than 125,000 restaurants and retailers and has more than 6,000 “associates”.

Its 50 locations across the US, Egypt, Australia, China and New Zealand include seven liquid products processing sites, four produce plants and one meat-processing factory.

The group also runs 26 distribution centres around the globe.

Last July, GSF announced a restructure to its executive team, which included promoting former COO Brian Dick to CEO, following the death of the company’s chairman Mark Wetterau in May.