Tyson Foods opens new Incubation Technology Center
The 75,000 square-foot center, which has been under construction for about a year, will supply chicks for its northwest Arkansas broiler chicken and Cornish hen operations. About 35 people will be employed at the new centre. “This state-of-the-art incubation centre allows us to centralise some of our operations so we can be more efficient,” said Doug Ramsey, group president of poultry. “It was built with the best technology available and with the highest level of biosecurity in mind, which is best for the overall health of the birds being hatched here.”
The facility will form part of the company’s No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) focus, announced earlier this year. To help promote the health of the birds, the company has built the facility with the latest advances in biosecurity, including the use of high-tech ventilation and internal environmental controls to circulate fresh air continually throughout the building. Robotics have also been installed to assist with worker safety and improved ergonomics. Six robotic arms will perform repetitive tasks that can lead to strain and muscle fatigue in workers.
Tyson Foods operates facilities in 20 Arkansas communities, employing about 23,500 in the state with an annual payroll of nearly $1.4 billion. Tyson Foods paid Arkansas poultry growers more than $261 million in its 2016 fiscal year and estimates its total statewide annual impact to be $1.96 billion.