November 20, 2017

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Tyson Foods to Open $300M Production Plant in Tennessee
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American food company Tyson Foods plans to invest $300 million to open a new chicken production complex in Humboldt, TN, creating some 1500 new jobs in the area when the plant becomes operational in late 2019.

“Our company has been successfully producing chicken in Tennessee for more than 45 years,” said Doug Ramsey, group president for poultry at Tyson Foods, in a company press release announcing the decision to invest in the site. “We’re grateful for the inivitation to become part of Humboldt and Gibson County.”

The company said the availability of grains produced in the region, a robust local workforce, and the support of local and state leaders were contributing factors in its move to open a facility in Humboldt. When finished, the site has a planned processing capacity of 1.25 million birds/wk, with products made at the site sold in retail grovery stores in the U.S. It will include a processing plant, feed mill, hatchery, and other related operations.

Tyson’s decision to invest in Tennessee comes after a highly-publicized row earlier this year with a community in Kansas where it considered building a plant. Powder & Bulk Solids reported in September that the company put its plans to build in Kansas on hold due to the public pushback.

Earlier in 2017, Tyson Foods announced a $84 million plan to expand its Union City, TN facility. The new plant in Humboldt will be Tyson’s fifth facility in the state.

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