Atmore, AL — After undergoing an arduous, months-long process of design and permitting that included rigorous health and safety requirements, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians are beginning construction on its much-needed meat processing facility in Atmore. Scheduled to open in the Spring of 2024, it will have the capacity to process up to 125 cattle per week.
The Tribe is investing $15 million in the state-of-the-art facility as part of its long-term goal to create a model for sustainable food production that will serve Tribal Members as well as Poarch’s neighbors and citizens across the State.
“Alabama cattle producers have expressed the need for additional meat, slaughter and processing facilities for some time,” said Alabama Agriculture and Industries Commissioner Rick Pate. “The opening of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians processing facility will not only help address food supply chain issues but also greatly benefit Alabama cattle producers.”
The Tribe has owned and operated Perdido River Farms (PRF) since 1992. PRF is one of the largest cattle farms in Alabama and has plans to expand their production when this new facility is completed. This project allows the Tribe to efficiently harvest and process cattle, and eventually hogs, for both livestock-producing customers and for retail and wholesale businesses.
“Like so many other local meat producers, we have had to send the cattle that we raised at Perdido River Farms out of state for processing,” said Stephanie A. Bryan, Poarch Band of Creek Indians Chair & CEO. “During the pandemic, we came to see just how unsustainable that model is, and we made a commitment to provide those critical resources close to home. We are excited that our new facility will give us, and our neighboring farmers, the ability to process locally-raised beef and pork in Atmore. That will make it easier and more cost-effective to bring a wonderful product to market, and it will give Alabama producers an opportunity to be part of the “farm to table” movement that is so important to both consumers and local agriculture,” she added.
Current processing facilities across the southeast have limited capacity for new business. The Tribe’s new facility will help meet that demand and create a larger capacity for meat processing in the future while providing approximately 15-20 full-time positions in Escambia County, Alabama. It will also serve as an example of how the Tribe’s current business practices connect with its culture as a sovereign Indian nation, that is committed to being self-sustaining and to protecting the environment.
About the Poarch Band of Creek Indians
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is the only federally recognized tribe in Alabama. From hospitality to aerospace, we continue to operate in a variety of industries across the World. Read more about our Tribe here.