Retired Houston teacher gets plant named after him

PERRY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — A ribbon-cutting for the Argene Claxton Canning Plant happened Thursday. 

The facility supports all 13 middle and high school Future Farmers of America programs in the Houston County School District.

The can plant in Perry has been named after Dr. Argene Claxton, a retired agricultural teacher who taught at Perry High School.

According to the Houston County School District, Claxton also served as an advisor for FFA for 37 years.  

“I never dreamed when I was a kid working in the canned plant at home that one day it would come to this,” Claxton said. “But the success here at this plant in Houston County.” 

District Superintendent Mark Scott says the facility is open to the public and supports all of the FFA programs within the county’s school district. 

“It is to promote healthy eating but it also makes people realize where their food comes from and where the sources are and how to preserve that food and make it last the year,” Scott said.

Scott says Claxton deserves a plant in his honor because calling him a hard worker and dedicated. Scott says he also cares about the future of farming, one of Georgia’s biggest industries. 

Claxton says his passion came from a young age when he used to work at a cannery as he saw the value of the job.

“A few years after I established myself here,” Claxton said. “I saw maybe a need and opportunity to rebuild a canned plant that was once built here a generation or two ago.”

Claxton says the inside of the facility resembles a kitchen. However, he says food processing and canning happens quicker than at home.

“Ten hours to process 100 quartz,” Claxton said. “Most people won’t have 100 quartz at one time but in one of these behind me we can process all of those at one time.”

Claxton says if anyone is interested in visiting the plant, they are required to bring their own product and jars. He says there will be some present to assist.

Scott also says Georgia has 28 can plants throughout the state. 

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