American protein firm Tyson Foods is committing $300 million to erect a new facility at the Cane Creek Centre industrial park in Danville, VA to support production of its Any’tizer snack products and chicken nuggets, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced in a recent release.
“As consumers actively look to add more protein to their diets, Tyson is uniquely positioned as a category leader to meet that growing demand,” Noelle O’Mara, president of Prepared Foods for Tyson, said in a statement. “We’re thankful for the invitation to become part of the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County communities. The location is appealing because of the strong support from both state and local leaders, as well as the viability of labor in the region.”
The 325,000-sq-ft plant will source 60 million lb of chicken from Virginia producers over a three-year period. 376 new jobs will be created at the facility as a result of Tyson’s investment.
“Tyson Foods has been a major employer in Virginia for more than five decades and continues its growth trajectory with this new operation in Danville-Pittsylvania County, creating hundreds of quality jobs for the citizens of Southern Virginia,” Gov, Northam said in the release. “We look forward to many years of success.”
To support the project, Gov. Northam approved a $3 million grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund, a $3 million Virginia Investment Performance Grant, and a $500,000 grant from the governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission also will provide the project with $1.5 million from the Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund.