The under-construction Southwest One Industrial Park in Benton has secured a second tenant, another Marshall County-based business set to expand: MegaFit Meals.
MegaFit Meals, LLC, plans to construct a 16,000-square foot company headquarters and food processing facility which is estimated to cost $3 million and will allow the custom fitness meals production process and distribution operations to expand. The expansion will also create 50 new full time jobs as well as retain the 65 currently employed.
The operation is currently run out of a facility that was constructed two years ago--but the demand has caused the company to quickly outgrow the space which is connected to the 24-hour Mega Gym at 1679 Oak Park Blvd. in Calvert City. The facility planned for construction is four times larger in anticipation of ongoing and expected future growth.
"When we started this company four years ago, we never expected it to be where it is today," said Billy Georgiou, owner and co-founder of MegaFit Meals. "We are really looking forward to expanding the business in our home town where our family started the first business here 46 years ago. We are proud to be a part of this community."
Billy and PG Georgiou said construction is scheduled to begin in Nov. 2019 and projected to last about 16 months. They hope to have it finished by the end of 2020. The building, which will be located at the front entrance of the industrial park, will include office spaces, a kitchen and a storage and shipping area.
The brothers founded the company in 2015 in an effort to better serve their patrons and have seen 150%-250% growth annually. The brothers had been meal-prepping at their parents' restaurant in Draffenville, creating healthy meals that matched their fitness goals as bodybuilders. Members of their gym began asking for a way to order the meals for themselves and that's when they kicked off the business, selling fully cooked, healthy meals made with fresh, quality ingredients.
MegaFit Meals is a USDA certified company with a menu which offers the ability to customize meals, more than 40 signature meals, keto meals, breakfast, protein pizzas and protein desserts.
The Georgiou brothers said they offer Wednesday and Friday delivery dates with free shipping to anywhere in the United States (including Hawaii and Alaska) and the meals are prepared fresh the same day as they are shipped, using high quality and fresh ingredients. They also sponsor athletes from a variety of backgrounds including bodybuilding, MMA and WWE. Some of those top athletes include Flex Lewis, Adam Scheer (also known as Braun Strowman), Nicole Wilkins, Swann Cardot and Michael Chandler.
Gov. Matt Bevin congratulated the Georgiou brothers saying, "MegaFit Meals' rapid rise is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit and drive for success that is engrained in the commonwealth. The company is proving itself to be a valuable and growing contributor to Kentucky's thriving food and beverage industry. We congratulate MegaFit Meals and the Marshall County community on this announcement, and we look forward to many exciting opportunities ahead."
Rep. Chris Freeland said this project carries with it the possibility of recruiting others to the region: "MegaFit's new facility is exciting news for the potential of Marshall County to attract new, innovative businesses to our communities. These 50 new jobs and multi-million dollar investment will provide a strong boost to our local economy, and is just the latest announcement in a trend of positive economic news for our state."
Benton Mayor Rita Dotson said, "The City of Benton would like to welcome and congratulate MegaFit Meals on the company's recent announcement. We are excited that you have chosen Benton as home for your new facility and expansion. This project will be a great asset to our community."
Marshall County Judge-Executive Kevin Neal said, "I am excited to welcome MegaFit Meals to the Southwest One Industrial Park in Benton. The new investment and job creation from their new headquarters and production facility will be a tremendous addition to the economy of our community. Congratulations to the MegaFit Meals team on your new project."
Kentucky Lake Economic Development President Josh Tubbs said, "Congratulations, MegaFit Meals LLC, on landing a new facility location in Southwest One Industrial Park. It is exciting to see an existing company in our community grow and we are so very happy that you have decided to continue investing in Marshall County."
To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) last Thursday preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $600,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of the new tax revenue it generates over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.
In addition, MegaFit Meals can receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies can receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives.
For more information on MegaFit Meals, visit www.megafitmeals.com.