Global Food Group announced Wednesday that it is bringing part of its operations to Clinton.

Robbie Brown, Global Performance Group president, said that within five years, the company will employ 224 at its Clinton plant.

"We’re excited about the workforce in Van Buren County and very proud to be in Clinton," Brown told the 90 or so people gathered at the building at 245 Quality Drive to hear the announcement.

Brown said the company will be relocating its headquarters in Americus, Ga., to Clinton. He said renovations at the plant will take several weeks and the facility should be operational by the end of summer.

Gov. Mike Beebe was scheduled to be on hand for the announcement, but he had to cancel due to illness.

Grant Tennille of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission filled in for Beebe.

Tennille noted that it was time Clinton received some good news. The Van Buren County town was devastated by a tornado in 2005 that destroyed a boat factory and in 2008, Pilgrim’s Pride, the only other manufacturing facility in the county, closed its Clinton facility.

"Clinton has had more than its share of setbacks," Tennille said.

Global Food Group manufactures and repackages a large number of products, including breaded frozen chicken strips, corn dogs, panini sandwiches, potato wedges and more.