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August 24, 2018
Gov. Ivey awards grant to help bring 500 jobs to Valley

MONTGOMERY—A $500,000 grant awarded by Gov. Kay Ivey will pave the way for more than 500 new jobs in the city of Valley.

The city will use the Community Development Block Grant funds to provide infrastructure necessary for John Soules Foods to locate in the former West Point Home building in the city’s industrial park. The company will initially hire 150 people and expects to hire an additional 360 people within the next five years.

John Soules Foods produces, processes and distributes fully cooked and ready-to-cook meat products to restaurants, grocery stores and food-service companies throughout the United States.

“Bringing new industry and employment opportunities to Alabama is and will continue to be a priority of my administration,” Ivey said. “I am pleased that John Soules Foods is expanding to the Valley area, and I commend them and our local and state leaders for working together to make this a reality.”

The city will use the funds to upgrade water and sewer services to the 266,000-square-foot plant which is undergoing a $70 million renovation. John Soules Foods plans to invest an additional $40 million in the building over the next several years.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“Gov. Ivey has repeatedly demonstrated her determination to support businesses and encourage new jobs,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is proud to play a role in this venture that is providing jobs for Alabamians.”

The city of Valley has pledged an additional $500,000 for the infrastructure project. Ivey notified Mayor Leonard Riley that the grant had been approved.

ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.


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For more information, visit:  http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/