Mark Sosebee leaves Kings Delight, where he was the VP of Sales and Marketing, and formed Agora Foods. Agora Foods soon changes its name to Gold Creek Distributors, LLC. The company is built into a trading, marketing and distributer of frozen poultry.
After growing over 100% yearly since the company was founded, Gold Creek rents a small butcher shop and converts it into a small processing room. The small processing room begins with 17 hourly employees portioning and sizing breasts and tenders. Of the 17 original employees, five still remain with the company. Four of the five employees have been promoted to management positions.
Gold Creek Distributors, LLC changes name to Gold Creek Foods, LLC. During this same time the company relocates to historic downtown Dawsonville where it renovates a former textile mill, converting it into a fully functional Poultry Processing Facility. Gold Creek's CEO, Mark Sosebee, was familiar with the textile facility since it was the place where his mother had worked when she graduated from high school.
Gold Creek growth rate maintains over 100% annually since its founding and has now grown to employ 250 workers.
Mark Sosebee, CEO of Gold Creek Foods, is featured HERE in Georgia Trend magazine as “one to watch”.
Gold Creek doubles production again and now has over 500 employees. Annual sales have reached $80 million dollars.
Gold Creek breaks $100 million dollars in sales.
Gold Creek brings in new management to help facilitate growth naming Michael Sheets to a senior company position. Michael Sheets comes from Tyson Foods and has over 22 years of senior leadership experience.
Gold Creek purchases its 2nd facility, a 45,000 square feet Pilgrims Plant located in Gainesville, GA that is completely renovated.
Gold Creek purchases its 3rd facility from Perdue Farms, a 35,000 square feet facility located in Gainesville, GA.
Gold Creek purchases its 4th, and largest facility, a 160,000 square feet facility from Schreiber Foods. A state of the art facility moving Gold Creek closer to entering the prepared Foods segment with fully cooking capabilities.
Gold Creek Foods, LLC adds additional sizing and portioning plants & also moves all raw production legal name to Gold Creek Processing, LLC. Breaks $300 million dollars in sales and has over 1,500 employees.
Gold Creek acquires the facility on Highland Terrace, in Gainesville, Ga, from John Soules Foods to add capacity to service its Mechanically Separated Chicken customers, making Gold Creek the largest independent producer of Box Frozen MSC in the USA.
Gold Creek acquires its 6th processing plant from First Fresh Foods. With a design goal of safety and efficiency in mind, Gold Creek begins construction of its first fully cooked line. On November 14th, Gold Creek starts production on its new state of art RTE line with a capacity of 40,000,000 lbs.
Gold Creek is featured HERE in MeatingPlace magazine as the cover story of its April 2018, 25th anniversary edition.
Gold Creek adds Don Dubnik formerly of Wayne Farms as General Manager of Prepared Foods to its executive team. Don has over 25 years of experience in RTE and Fully Cooked. Gold Creek adds its 6th plant with 2,300 team members. Jack Crawford, formerly of Pilgrims/Gold Kist joins Gold Creek to head its USDA commodity school lunch program.
Gold Creek invests in automated whole leg deboning and adds a new pro grill and char marker to its RTE line, servicing its partner’s growing needs. The new pro grill and char marker enables Gold Creek to produce strips and diced meats.
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