Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale opened its new poultry facility Thursday in Humboldt, Tennessee.
The $425 million processing facility is expected to employ more than 1,500 by 2023. It will produce pre-packaged trays of chicken for retail sale in grocery stores by April.
“We’re pleased to add to the growth in Gibson County with the opening of our new 370,000-SF processing facility,” CEO Dean Banks said. “We appreciate the support of all those who played a role in making this facility possible — the local community, county, state and our Humboldt team members, who safely and responsibly produce high-quality protein daily to help feed our nation and the world.”
The complex includes a processing plant, feed mill and hatchery. The company said the feed mill will employ 30 and produce 14,000 tons of feed weekly at full capacity.
Another 30 employees will work at the hatchery, which will provide chicks to local farmers to raise as broiler chickens for Tyson Foods.
“With five facilities across Tennessee, Tyson Foods has an enormous impact on our state’s agriculture industry and rural communities,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said. “Job creation is crucial to our continued economic success, and I thank Tyson for its investment and commitment to Humboldt and West Tennessee.”