By Ashley M. Casey
Pakistan-based poultry processing company K&N’s Foods USA, LLC, has settled into the former Birds Eye Foods plant. The company kicked off its new residence in Fulton with an inauguration ceremony Jan. 3. The plant, which Birds Eye vacated in December 2011, is located at 607 Phillips St. in Fulton.
The new plant is expected to add 183 jobs to the city over a course of three years. Although production will not begin for another two months or so, K&N’s has already employed 44 people in Fulton, 35 percent of whom are former Birds Eye employees.
K&N’s will receive about $1 million in Excelsior tax credits from New York state in exchange for its promise to create jobs.
“If we succeed, it means economic development (for Fulton),” said Khalil Sattar, founder and chairman of K&N’s Foods.
Founded in 1964, K&N’s produces halal chicken products such as chicken nuggets and kebabs. “Halal” is an Arabic term that refers to food prepared under Muslim dietary standards, which prohibit pork and alcohol and require certain methods of slaughtering an animal for meat.
Look for the rest of this story in the Wednesday, Jan. 8, edition of The Valley News.