Additional lanes off Highway 84 built into the new Ben E. Keith food processing facility under construction in New Brockton

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New Brockton, Ala (WDHN)—Last year, Governor Kay Ivey announced the Ben E. Keith Food Distribution Center under construction will provide a
direct economic boost for Central Coffee County, and in particular New Brockton.

The 425-thousand square foot building phases one of a facility that will eventually encompass one million square feet.

Once complete in December of 2021, there will be constant truck traffic both in and out of the plant. On Friday, stripping crews
worked on the “new” acceleration lanes off of U.S. Highway 84. The nearly 800 thousand dollar road project will improve safety
for motorists.

Coffee County Engineer Michael Walters says
“The additional auxiliary lanes or turn lanes on to Coffee Co. Road 516 to 3-lanes allow for side-by-side travel traffic off of Highway 84 and as soon as we can and hopefully
get them back out and deliver the food.”

Once phase one is “completed” next year, it will create around 100 jobs. Several years ago, Fort Worth, Texas-based Ben E. Keith
purchased Kelley Foods’ in Elba.

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