Tyson Foods plans to build $136m processing facility in Arkansas

WCN Editorial Team 15 Apr 2016 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Tyson Foods has sought approval from the Finance Committee of the Carroll County Quorum Court to build a new $136m processing facility near its existing poultry plant in Green Forest, Arkansas.

The project is subject to sanction of certain tax abatements from the Carroll County Quorum Court, and sales and use tax credits from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC).

The Green Forest plant produces a variety of partially cooked chicken products for food service and retail customers. The new processing facility will increase capacity, and improve efficiency by reducing transportation of products to other locations for further processing.

The 200,000 sq ft facility will be built across the street from the existing plant, with the two facilities connected by a corridor. Improvements will include new equipment and production lines, as well as processes and technology that will benefit food safety, quality and workplace safety.

Construction is slated to start as early as summer of 2016 and the project should be completed in late 2017. When fully operational, the new processing plant will create about 85 jobs.

Tyson Foods president of poultry Noel White said: "This project would allow us to better serve our foodservice customers through improved product mix and greater efficiencies.

"This is the first new plant construction project Tyson Foods has proposed to build in a number of years and we're hopeful we can partner with Carroll County and the AEDC to invest in our home state."

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