Food firm Custom Craft Poultry has converted a plant In Little Rock, AR formerly used to produce Tennessee Pride brand sausage into a new poultry processing facility, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) announced Monday. The company invested $10 million in the project.
Once operational, the plant will specialize in fresh chicken for food service and further processing. The company currently operates a plant in Batesville, AR capable of producing 60 million lb/yr of poultry.
“We are very proud of our facility in Batesville and look forward to the additional opportunities that Little Rock holds for team members and customers,” Custom Craft Poultry’s chief executive officer Randell Smith said in a release. “We are focused on providing the same quality and service our customers have grown to expect from our company. It will also provide a great employment opportunity for the people of Little Rock and surrounding areas.”
The Little Rock location will create 290 new positions, raising its total headcount across the two facilities to about 500 workers.
“Poultry is a huge part of the economy in Arkansas,” said state Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston, in a statement. “Custom Craft Poultry’s decision to expand into Little Rock demonstrates that local businesses can grow and thrive here in The Natural State even when times seem tough. I congratulate them on their recent success.”