Global Food Group will spend $4.7 million to turn a former electrical cord factory in Clinton, Ark., into a food processing plant. The factory’s products will include chicken tenders, sandwiches, quesadillas and burritos.

Local and state officials spent about 18 months working out incentives to bring the food plant to town, according to reports. Global President Robbie Brown told the Associated Press he wanted to locate in Clinton because workers are trained and available, though he said it would take about five years to reach the planned 224 employees. Global has a food plant in Georgia, but Brown said he wanted another facility closer to his headquarters in Cabot, Ark.


The products produced at the Clinton facility will be sold in convenience and grocery stores. The plant will install a cold storage facility to rent space to other food producers, Brown said.

Brown said he expects the plant to enable the company to give its brands greater reach and expand the range of offerings. Global Food Group's customers include Associated Grocers, Super Value, Harps and Food Giant. The company is a subsidiary of Global Performance Group, also of Cabot.