Henry County Development Authority and Dole Packaged Foods announced on Tuesday, January 5, the company will open a new frozen fruit facility in McDonough. The company will begin operations before the end of January 2021.
The new Dole facility is approximately 63,000 square feet. The fully automated building will have four manufacturing lines capable of producing 60 million pounds of fruit annually. The operations will package frozen fruit for Dole’s retail, food service and private label customers on the east coast. Production will begin later this month in a phased approach and should be fully operational by September 2021. When at full speed, the facility will employ over one-hundred Dole associates and will run three shifts.
“We are excited to have this facility open later this month,” stated Sunil Phabiani, Vice President of Manufacturing, Dole Packaged Foods. He added, “Dole has a strong commitment to bringing our healthy products to as many people as possible and this operation will help us achieve this goal. We look forward to many years of success at this facility.”
Hiring Event on January 7
Dole has partnered with Atlanta CareerRise, the Georgia Department of Labor, and WorkSource Atlanta Regional, who will be hosting a virtual recruitment event on January 7, 2021 for a variety of jobs.
Interested candidates can request a referral through EmployGeorgia.com, the Georgia Department of Labor’s newest job search tool. New users can create an account and create / upload a resume on EmployGeorgia.com. Visit https://bit.ly/2LSEK0Z to view job postings and request a referral. Qualified candidates will receive an invitation and interview time to attend the virtual recruitment event via zoom.
To request a referral and interview, click here to apply in advance: https://bit.ly/2LSEK0Z
To register for the event without a guaranteed interview click here: https://bit.ly/3aEyoww
Partnership with US Cold Storage
The facility is located on Medline Place accessible from Greenwood Industrial. Product storage and distribution is handled through the adjacent US Cold Storage. The company expanded their building to add an automated storage / retrieval system last year. The automated building tops out at 130’, seen under construction in our file photo from April 2020.
US Cold Storage originally built the Medline Place facility in 2018. The company also maintains a presence off Greenwood Road since 2016.
About Dole Packaged Foods, LLC
Dole Packaged Foods, LLC, is a world leader in growing, sourcing, distributing and marketing fruit and healthy snacks. Dole sells a full line of packaged shelf stable fruit, frozen fruit, dried fruit, and juices. The company focuses on four pillars of sustainability: water management, carbon footprint, soil conservation and waste reduction. For more information, please visit dolesunshine.com or dolesunshine.com/doing-good.
Portions of this article were copied from the Development Authority press release.