Tyson groundbreaking ceremony in Tennessee
Tyson Foods and local state officials broke ground at the future site of the company’s new chicken processing plant in Humboldt, the largest city in Gibson County in western Tennessee. The approximately 300 USD million project is expected to create more than 1,500 local jobs once the new complex begins operations, currently expected to be in late 2019.
“This marks another important step in our journey with the people of Humboldt and Gibson County,” said Doug Ramsey, group president of poultry for Tyson Foods. “We’re excited to roll up our sleeves, get to work and continue the successful working relationship we’ve had with the state of Tennessee for more than four decades.”
Tyson Foods also announced it was providing Gibson County with a 500,000 USD community grant, along with plans for a local steering committee to decide how the money will be used. The steering committee will be comprised of community leaders and Tyson Foods team members.
“This is truly a great day for West Tennessee and our thriving poultry industry as we officially welcome Tyson Foods to Gibson County. The company’s decision to bring 1,500 new jobs will have an incredible impact on the local economy,” said US Representative David Kustoff. “I thank Tyson Foods president and CEO, Tom Hayes, and the entire Tyson Foods team for continuing to invest in the great citizens and communities of West Tennessee.”
Kingsley Brock, director of economic development, Gibson County, added: “Tyson Foods is a world-class company with world-class team members, and Gibson County and Humboldt will be home to the world’s most advanced, high-tech poultry processing plant. The company’s capital investment and job creation will forever change the landscape of Humboldt and Gibson County and create tremendous opportunity for our all our citizens, and I could not be happier for all of Gibson County.”
This is the second major economic development project Tyson Foods has initiated in Tennessee within the last year. In August, 2017, the company announced an 84 million USD expansion of its Union City operations, which is expected to create about 300 jobs, in addition to the more than 1,000 jobs currently at the facility.
Including Union City, the company currently operates four facilities in the state, employing about 5,000 with an annual payroll of more than 181 million USD. In its 2016 fiscal year, Tyson Foods paid Tennessee farmers more than 61 million USD. The company estimates its total statewide annual impact for fiscal 2016, including payroll, grain purchases, utilities, property taxes and charitable contributions to be more than 313 million USD.