John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods Inc., and Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse broke ground Thursday on the future site of a $31 million incubation center that will deliver hatching operations for the company’s broiler chicken business.
The 75,000 SF facility is scheduled to be complete in mid-2017.
“We have a rich heritage in Springdale and we’re proud to continue our tradition of investment here with the new incubation center,” Tyson said. “Since we’re a company that’s always looking for ways to be better, world-class innovation will be a key part of this building.”
The incubation center will be located at the corner of East Huntsville Avenue and North Monitor Road in east Springdale. The publicly traded meat processor said it plans to install robotics to assist with worker safety and ergonomics, and use state-of-the-art ventilation and internal environmental controls. The facility will be built with the latest advances in biosecurity measures designed to help promote better overall bird health, the company said.
“John Tyson and the Tyson family have made the revitalization of downtown Springdale a priority. Even though this this project isn’t officially ‘downtown,’ it’s at the end of Emma Avenue and is proof of Tyson Foods’ commitment to our town,” Sprouse said.
Operations at the center will replace the company’s hatchery in Lincoln (Washington County) and the hatchery on Randall Wobbe Road in Springdale, which has been in operation since the 1960s. About 35 people will be employed at the new center once it’s fully operational.
In October, the company announced that it would renovate property in the city’s downtown, including its original headquarters located at 319 E. Emma Ave., and the adjacent building at 317 E. Emma Ave. A new two-story, 44,000-SF structure will be built on the site, preserving the original frontage.
The project will create work space for more than 200 people. It’s scheduled to be complete in the second half 2017.