ATLANTA— Freshly Inc. is more than doubling its planned workforce in Georgia and investing $52 million by expanding to Clayton County, Gov. Brian Kemp announced. The new distribution facility will create 665 jobs in Ellenwood, Georgia, officials said.
“It’s great to see Freshly continue to find success in Georgia and expand their presence in the Southeast,” said Kemp. “I want to thank Freshly for their commitment to creating jobs for hardworking Georgians, and I look forward to seeing the opportunities this rapidly growing company creates in the Peach State.”
The June 22 announcement comes on the heels of Freshly opening its first Southeastern U.S. distribution facility in Cobb County in early 2021. Headquartered in New York, Freshly delivers ready-to-eat meals directly to its customers’ doors. Freshly’s Ellenwood distribution facility, located at 2823 Anvil Block Road, will help the company continue to meet increasing customer demand, officials said.
“Over the past year, Freshly has experienced substantial growth as consumer demand continues to grow for convenient and nutritious meal options,” said Mike Wystrach, Freshly Founder and CEO. “We’re thrilled to expand Freshly’s footprint and operations in Georgia. Tapping into Clayton County’s tremendous pool of talent, this second facility will allow us to increase capacity for efficient assembly and distribution of our chef-prepared meals.”
Freshly is a weekly subscription service delivering fresh, chef-cooked meals directly to customers’ doors that can be heated and served in three minutes.
“We are pleased by Freshly’s fast-paced growth in metro Atlanta to meet the food needs of our rapidly growing population, first with their location in Cobb County and now with this new facility in Clayton County,” said Katie Kirkpatrick, President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Congratulations to Freshly on their continued business success and to our economic development partners who supported this investment that will create economic opportunity for the residents of metro Atlanta.”
Director Hank Evans represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce division on this competitive project in partnership with the Clayton County Office of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Electric Cities of Georgia, and Georgia Quick Start.
“Just four months after announcing Freshly’s initial investment in Georgia, it is exciting to see them continue to expand here and create hundreds of jobs for Georgians,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Freshly’s growth in the state is a testament to how well companies have adapted to rapidly changing consumer behaviors and to Georgia, with our strong logistics infrastructure, being the ideal place for companies within this growing sector to locate and expand.”
Freshly plans to begin hiring at the new 289,000-square-foot facility in 2022 for positions in warehousing, operations, and maintenance. Individuals interested in career opportunities with Freshly are encouraged to visit Freshly’s careers page for additional information.