Tyson Foods to build new chicken plant
The plant is expected to cost the company around 300 million USD and create more than 1,500 jobs. It will produce pre-packaged trays of chicken for sale at grocery stores, processing about 1.25 million birds per week, according to the company. The overall operation could generate as much as 150 million USD in economic benefit for the state. Tyson Foods said it was putting on hold plans to build a chicken production plant in Kansas following opposition from local residents and the nation's top meat processor said it would build the new facility in Tennessee.
The company will continue to consider potential sites in Kansas for additional expansion of its poultry business, spokesman Worth Sparkman told on Monday. Tyson has been looking to build a new slaughterhouse as demand for chicken continues to boom and Chief Executive Tom Hayes had said in November the company was considering new sites for the project. “This project will enable us to provide even more fresh chicken to consumers across the country,” said Tom Hayes, in a press release. “As one of the world’s leading protein companies, we continue to raise the world’s expectations of how much good food can do.”
The new facility in Humboldt County will be Tyson’s fifth location in the state of Tennessee. Tennessee is also gaining another big factory, as LG Electronics works on a new, 1 million-square-foot factory to build washing machines, scheduled for completion by the first quarter of 2019.