International Company Chooses Gallia County for New Facility

Bidwell, OH – Gallia County Commissioner Harold Montgomery, announced today that Tri-State Beef, Inc, a subsidiary of Dae Kyung Oil and Transportation Co., Ltd, has chosen Bidwell, OH for its new North American beef slaughter, packaging, and advanced protein processing facility. The $30 million dollar project will create nearly 250 new positions. Company officials said they expect to break ground on the new facility in 2015.

“This is great news for our community. Tri-State Beef is a quality operation and we are ecstatic they have chosen Bidwell for their new U.S. operation,” said Harold Montgomery, Gallia County Commissioner, “the establishment of this new facility will have a tremendous positive impact not only in Gallia County, but the entire Southern Ohio region.

“Bidwell was identified as an ideal location for our new facility, and we are looking forward to becoming part of the community.” Said Chang Yun (C.Y.) Kim, Principal and Chairman, “We are greatly appreciative of the efforts of Representative Ryan Smith and the other organizations and individuals that worked diligently to make this project a success.”

“Tri-State Beef’s decision to choose Gallia County for its new facility not only brings a high number of good jobs to the community, it demonstrates the strength of Agriculture and Food Processing in the entire region”, said Representative Ryan Smith, “I think most people will be surprised at how large the ripple effect will be from Tri-State Beef locating to our region. The cattle herd will need to grow considerably to satisfy the demand, and that is really exciting for Agriculture in Ohio.”

“Gallia County has a history which is rich in agriculture, livestock production, and food processing, and we are pleased that Tri-State Beef has chosen the Dan Evans Industrial Park to build their new facility, said Melissa Clark, Gallia County Economic Development Director. “Their decision to locate here reinforces the logistical and workforce advantages of Gallia County.”

“The announcement of the new packing plant facility in Gallia County is tremendous news for Ohio’s beef industry”, said Elizabeth Harsh, Executive Director, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association. “For over 25 years there have been many well-intentioned, but unsuccessful attempts to establish a packing facility in the state. This news is certainly welcome and beneficial to beef producers and all of Ohio.”

From Gallia Hometown Herald  |  September 30, 2014