It’s official. Atmore, Alabama is ready and set to grow its economy, and it’s all thanks to the mighty peanut and an $87 million investment.
The new Coastal Growers shelling facility recently broke ground in Atmore Industrial Park and is on the way to employ 150 full-time workers to serve as an epicenter for peanut processing in South Alabama. Once completed, the most technologically advanced peanut shelling facility in the world will sprawl across 60 acres of land and be served by a future railroad spur. The plant will have the capacity to shell 30 tons of peanuts each hour.
Making an Impact
The Atmore Coastal Growers project plans to make a big impact on peanut processing, sales, and jobs, producing $55 million each year. Hollis and Spann of Dothan, Alabama is leading the project and is building approximately 400,000 square feet of enclosed space, which will house the shelling operations and provide storage. Higgins Electric, also of Dothan, is providing the electric design for the state-of-the-art shelling plant. And directly from the City of Atmore, TripTek Construction is in charge of dirt moving. Working together, teams will make a real difference for the Atmore economy and peanut farmers.
Benefitting the Peanut Farmers
More than 100 farmers from Alabama and neighboring states have ownership stakes in Coastal Growers, giving them an additional outlet for peanut shelling. With that comes increased sales for their crops and more profitable seasons.
With one of the highest priorities of Alabama being to develop the workforce, building the new Coastal Growers facility in Atmore provides reason to celebrate after a tough year across the nation. The processing center is sure to revive segments of the economy—proving the strength of Alabama and its farming population.
Coastal Growers Gaining Support Across the State
The Coastal Growers project gained the support of authorities, departments, partners, and associations across Alabama to get off the ground. Many stepped up to offer the green light to build the Atmore facility including:
• Alabama Department of Commerce
• Alabama Farmers Federation
• Alabama Governor Kay Ivey
• Alabama Peanut Producers Association
• Alabama Power Company
• City of Atmore
• Delta Regional Authority
• Department of Economic and Community Affairs
• Escambia County Industrial Development Authority
• Port of Mobile
• South Alabama Regional Planning Commission
• United Bank Community Development
• Other local and state partners