Deal: Home Chef to create more than 1,200 jobs in DeKalb County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Home Chef, a meal kit delivery service, will create more than 1,200 jobs and invest $3.35 million in a new DeKalb County facility by 2020.

“Home Chef is among the many innovative companies using Georgia’s high-performing transportation infrastructure to grow their distribution network,” said Deal. “By establishing this new facility and utilizing the state’s skilled workforce, Home Chef will be able to reach more of the Southeastern market and meet the needs of a growing customer base. I look forward to the company’s continued investment and growth in our state.”

Home Chef’s new facility will serve as a wholesale purchasing, assembling, packaging and distribution center. To house the new center, the company will lease a 140,000-square-foot facility on Lithonia Industrial Boulevard.

“We’re undergoing tremendous growth and are excited to expand our distribution footprint,” said Pat Vihtelic, Home Chef founder and CEO. “The culture of collaboration makes Georgia the ideal location for us today and tomorrow. We’re confident that DeKalb has the skilled workforce necessary for us to achieve our ambitious growth goals.”

Home Chef currently employs more than 500 people nationwide in marketing, technology, production and customer service. The company delivered more than 1 million meals in 2015 and expanded to nationwide service in 2016.

“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,” said Decide DeKalb President Ray Gilley. “With this unique project choosing to locate in the heart of east DeKalb, it signals to us and hopefully the rest of the business community, the incredible opportunities available here for additional jobs and investment. 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 (GDEcD) project manager Josh Stephens represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with Global Food Properties, Decide DeKalb, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Georgia Quick Start and Georgia Power.

“In partnership with our economic development allies in DeKalb County, we are thrilled to celebrate the news that an innovative company like Home Chef has decided to grow their U.S. operation in Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “We are in the business of creating quality job and investment opportunities across the state, and we are looking forward to the positive impact that Home Chef is sure to have on the region.”

 About Home Chef

Home Chef is a meal kit delivery service with fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes available nationwide. Home Chef offers 13 meals that can be selected from a new menu every week, with step-by-step instructions for quality dishes made right at home. For more information on Home Chef, visit

Franklin and Stephens Counties… Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Opening of $85 Million Dollar Projects

Opening of state Route 17 with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) along with the Stephens County Development Authority and the Toccoa Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of state Route 17 at an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this morning.

GDOT District Engineer Brent Cook joined by Senator John Wilkinson, Representative Dan Gasaway, Stephens County Commission Chairman Dennis Bell and Toccoa’s Mayor, Evan Hellenga recognized the progress of the two projects that broke ground in 2013.

The two projects that created the new four lane divided highway takes drivers through Franklin and Stephens Counties. State Route 17 from south of the Franklin County line to Scott Road, represents a total investment of $54,706,018.15.The northern project that begins at Scott Road and ends at Memorial Drive carries a total investment $30,495.838.58.

C.W. Mathews of Marietta, was awarded both projects, in March 2013. “I’d like to say thank you to our partners, C.W. Matthews, who worked diligently and remained an ally in making this a safe and efficient corridor,” said GDOT District Engineer, Brent Cook. “It’s always refreshing to see a project that will change the lives of the citizens and open up new economic opportunities for a community.”

State Route 17 was designated as part of the Governor’s Road Improvement Program (GRIP) in 1989. This legislation designated SR 17 as an economic development corridor in Northeast Georgia and mandated all GRIP corridors be upgraded to four lane divided highways. The 18 GRIP Corridors statewide will ultimately ensure that 98% of Georgia’s cities will be within 20 miles of a four lane divided highway.

Rep. Loudermilk Supports Care for Alzheimer’s Patients

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) issued the following statement on his support of the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act:

“This is the type of common sense effort that we must take to ensure that our seniors are receiving the highest quality of care. This bill is a great example of a fiscally conservative answer to a challenging problem.

“Currently, our seniors who rely on Medicare for their Alzheimer’s care have access to treatment services, but long-term planning is scarce and seniors are often left to fend for themselves.

“Alzheimer’s affects 1-in-9 Americans over the age of 65. I have seen the effects this devastating illness has on family members, and I realize how difficult it is on the primary caregiver in the home. This bill would provide individuals and their caregivers with the comprehensive care and planning services they need and deserve. This legislation will deal with these issues by providing long-term health care planning for Medicare patients who are affected by Alzheimer’s, and it will save nearly $70 million a year by reducing excessive hospital visits.”


The HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, H.R. 1559, provides comprehensive care for Alzheimer’s patients, within Medicare, while saving taxpayer dollars in the process.