Holmes Smokehouse expanding to Lufkin

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A well-known meat-packing company is expanding to Lufkin and will create up to 150 new jobs, according to a company press release issued Monday.

Holmes Smokehouse, which is headquarterted in Lufkin, has accepted an incentive package from the City of Lufkin, according to Deputy City Manager Keith Wright.

Wright said the 10-year tax abatement kicks off in January 2015. In order to qualify, the company has to maintain 115 jobs and will receive a $4,000 incentive for each job created. The incentive will accelerate if they reach 150 jobs, Wright said.

The company will move into the Loggins facility, located off Ellen Trout Drive.

Wright explained that the Loggins business never got off the ground and the company went bankrupt. Holmes is buying the facility.

In a company press release, President Rodney Roth said the new Lufkin facility will offer new products, including smoked turkey and turkey breasts.

The company was founded in 1970 in Rosenburg. Current product lines include pecan-smoked sausage, thick-sliced bacon, hot dogs, Cajun boudin and jerky.

"This is a well-established company," Wright said. "They distribute to Sam's, Walmart, HEB, Brookshire Brothers and Kroger."

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