"Home Chef" is bringing more than 1,200 jobs to metro Atlanta.
Governor Nathan Deal announced Wednesday the meal kit delivery service will invest over $3.3 million in a new Dekalb County facility to open by 2020.
Deal says, "Home Chef is among the many innovative companies using Georgia’s high-performing transportation infrastructure to grow their distribution network."
He says with the new facility, "Home Chef will be able to reach more of the Southeastern market and meet the needs of a growing customer base."
The company will lease a 140,000 square-foot facility located on Lithonia Industrial Boulevard. It will serve as a wholesale purchasing, assembling, packaging and distribution center.
Home Chef Founder and CEO Pat Vihtelic says, "We’re undergoing tremendous growth and are excited to expand our distribution footprint. We’re confident DeKalb has the skilled workforce necessary for us to achieve our ambitious growth goals."
Home Chef currently employs more than 500 people in the United States. The company delivered more than 1 million meals in 2015 and expanded to nationwide service this year.
Decide DeKalb President Ray Gilley says, "Home Chef’s presence in DeKalb will be the first meal kit delivery service production facility in metro Atlanta, an exciting new concept taking the nation by storm."
Gilley says, "DeKalb’s robust transportation network, close proximity to the airport and diverse workforce will help enhance Home Chef’s delivery capacity to new and existing customers in and around the southeastern United States."
Georgia Department of Economic Development project manager Josh Stephens says, "We are thrilled to celebrate the news that an innovative company like Home Chef has decided to grow their U.S. operation in Georgia."
Home Chef is a meal kit delivery service with fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes available nationwide.
It offers 13 meals that can be selected from a new menu every week.