Peco Foods Poised To Unveil $165M Poultry Operation in Northeast Arkansas

by George Waldon  on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 12:00 am  

The road distance between the processing plant and feed mill sites is 33 miles.

When in full operation, the Corning facility is expected to generate 100 trucks daily hauling feed or grain. The daily truck count is expected to increase to 350 during harvest season when stores of corn, milo and wheat are collected from area farms.

“I see it as a local benefit to our local farmers,” said another community leader in Corning. “They’ll have a ready market here.”

In addition to traditional row crop opportunities, the Peco operation is introducing poultry farming to the mix.

“They’re lining up people to build and raise chickens for them,” a Clay County source said.

“We’re talking 600 chicken houses. They’re going to start building them like crazy.”

Helping fund the new Peco facilities will be two industrial revenue bond issues of $128.5 million in Randolph County and $36.5 million in Clay County.

Incentives and grants are ex-pected to be part of the overall package.

Some described the processing plant in terms of the largest facility of its kind in the nation, with a near around-the-clock quality to operations and the synchronicity with the feed mill, hatchery and growers.

“It’s pretty amazing how all this is going to work,” said a Randolph County source.

Peco’s clientele includes Tyson Foods, Buffalo Wild Wings and Church’s Chicken and is supported by a strong dose of private label business and institutional sales with a mix of overseas exports.

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