A ribbon-cutting on Kerry Group’s $137 million expansion at its Rome facility was held on Monday.

The new facility is located on 5 Douglas Street in Rome.

Extending across 360,000ft², the facility will be developed as an efficient and modern food manufacturing location.

The Rome facility will include coatings expansion and a new wet cell line. The new facility represents the expansion of the company’s operations in Rome and investment in North America, which is its largest market.

The facility will focus on manufacturing integrated taste and nutrition solutions for the poultry, seafood and alternative protein markets. It will work with customers to develop food products that meet the evolving demands of consumers.

“We are delighted to officially open this new facility, which more than doubles our capacity in Rome and is now one of the most advanced and modern food manufacturing facilities in the country,” said Oliver Kelly, president and CEO of Kerry in North America. “The increased and changing demand from consumers for tasty, nutritious and sustainable food and beverages is driving accelerated change and reshaping the entire food industry.”

As part of what they described as an investment in Rome, Kelly presented checks of $5,000 each to Restoration Rome’s community kitchen, Georgia Highlands College scholarship programs as well as Georgia Northwestern Technical College scholarship programs.