Wisconsin-based Birchwood Foods expanding operations in Norcross

Birchwood Foods is expanding its operations in Gwinnett County with the opening of an 80,000 square foot facility in Norcross. (Special Photo)

A Wisconsin-based food producer is growing its operations in Norcross, according to officials at Partnership Gwinnett.

Birchwood Foods is opening a new 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility at 6009 Goshen Springs Road, marking a $33 million capital investment that is expected to initially generate 80 new jobs. Partnership Gwinnett said the company also expects to add as many as 35 additional employees over the next five to seven years as it continues expanding in Norcross.

“Birchwood Food’s expansion is great news for the City of Norcross,” Norcross Mayor Craig Newton said in a statement. “Their ability to deliver innovative products to market leaders around the country is a win for our community and we are proud of the company’s success.”

The expansion is expected to provide Birchwood Foods with enough space to produce meats and other protein products that are fully cooked and portioned for its customers, which includes national restaurant chains and retailers.

“The City of Norcross and Gwinnett County have always been helpful and supportive of Birchwood Foods’ continued growth,” Birchwood Foods President and CEO Dennis Vignieri said in a statement. “This is the third major expansion at the Norcross campus since we began operations in 1988.

“This community provides a productive and talented workforce in addition to an excellent geographical location in the Southeast to service our growing customer base. We look forward to many years of continued community growth and partnership with the City of Norcross and Gwinnett County.”

Gateway 85 Community Improvement Director Marsha Bomar said the announcement was exciting because it meant a business that had already decided to set up shop in the community has found enough success in the area to merit growth.

“Birchwood, along with others in the area, have benefitted from the investments made by the CID and our partners and we look forward to a bright future,” Bomar said.

Partnership Gwinnett said Sr. Project Manager Deven Cason worked with Georgia Power and the Georgia Department of Economic Development on the expansion project.

“Gwinnett County continues to be a strong draw for companies like Birchwood Foods,” Cason said. “It’s another example of our community attracting diverse companies who rely on Gwinnett’s skilled workforce and strategic location to grow and succeed.”

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