Published On: Mon, Jun 4th, 2018

Tyson Foods begins construction on new chicken processing plant in Humboldt

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Poultry industry news : US meat processing company Tyson Foods has started construction of its new chicken processing plant in Humboldt in Gibson County, Tennessee with an investment of around $300 million.

The new Tyson Foods poultry processing plant, which is expected to address the solid consumer demand for the company’s chicken products, is slated to enter into operations in late 2019. The Humboldt poultry processing factory is likely to open up more than 1,500 jobs for the locals.

Commenting on the new chicken processing plant in Humboldt, Doug Ramsey – group president of Poultry for Tyson Foods, said: “Today marks another important step in our journey with the people of Humboldt and Gibson County,” said Doug Ramsey, group president of Poultry for Tyson Foods.

“We’re excited to roll up our sleeves, get to work and continue the successful working relationship we’ve had with the state of Tennessee for more than four decades.”

To be located inside the Gibson County Industrial Park, the Tyson Foods chicken processing plant will be used for producing pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken to be supplied to retail grocery stores across the US.

Illustration of Tyson Foods chicken production facility in Humboldt, Tennessee.

Illustration of Tyson Foods chicken production facility in Humboldt, Tennessee. Photo courtesy of Tyson Foods.

It is anticipated to have a weekly processing capacity of 1.25 million birds, which will boost the overall production capacity of Tyson Foods by the same amount.

The poultry processing plant is the second large economic development project that the US meat processing company has initiated in the state of Tennessee after last August’s $84 million expansion of its Union City poultry production operations. This project will add 300 more jobs to go along with the 1,000 plus jobs that are already at the Union City poultry processing plant.

U.S. Representative David Kustoff (TN-08), commenting on the new chicken processing plant in Humboldt, said:  “Today is truly a great day for West Tennessee and our thriving poultry industry as we officially welcome Tyson Foods to Gibson County. The company’s decision to bring 1,500 new jobs will have an incredible impact on the local economy.

“I thank Tyson Foods president and CEO, Tom Hayes, and the entire Tyson Foods team for continuing to invest in the great citizens and communities of West Tennessee.”

According to the latest poultry industry news, the new chicken processing plant in Humboldt will feature a poultry processing facility, hatchery, along with a feed mill and other facilities. Tyson Foods is likely to partner with local farmers who will raise chickens that will be taken to the new poultry processing plant in Humboldt for processing.

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