New nut company creating jobs in Houston County

DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) –A pecan growing and distribution company is coming to Dothan with a multi-million dollar investment, creating over 100 jobs for the Wiregrass, the Governor’s Office announced Monday

According to a release from the Governor’s Office, Southern Roots Nut Co. is investing around $16.6 million to retrofit an existing cold storage unit in the Sam Houston Industrial Park and construct a new facility in an adjacent lot.

This location will be a hub for processing, storing, and distributing raw pecans.

Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Economic Development Colton Cureton tells WDHN they hope to break ground on the new building sometime in the next 12-18 months.

Some products from the New Mexico-based company include shelled and unshelled pecans, flavored pecans, and pecan oil.

“We are excited to welcome Southern Roots Nut Co. to our economically diverse community. The jobs that they are creating will have a long-lasting positive impact on our Wiregrass region,” said Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba.

The Alabama Department of Commerce reports the Dothan site was chosen over a competing location in Georgia, and the company will create 120 jobs with an annual payroll exceeding $4.1 million over two years.

The release from Gov. Ivey states that the city and the Industrial Development Board are assisting the company through the AMEA Capital Fund Program, local statutory tax reductions, and discretionary support.

“The Wiregrass region continues to excel in diversifying its economy by welcoming Southern Roots Nut Co. The family values of Southern Roots will positively impact its future local workforce,” said state Sen. Donnie Chesteen and Rep. Paul Lee in a joint statement.

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