Tyson has completed the expansion of its poultry processing plant in Forest, Mississippi. The company hopes the $90 million expansion will increase its ability to serve a growing global consumer base.
As other companies scale back, Tyson continues to grow and invest in modern food production despite an ongoing barrage of lawsuits. The expansion will also create 320 new jobs in the area, contributing to the 1,250 workers the Forest plant already employs. Tyson’s local economic impact alone is $58 million annually, while employing more than 3,400 workers in Mississippi.
The new processing plant will increase productivity through technology, benefiting from a new line of automation. The automation line is part of the $1.3 billion Tyson plans to invest in automating parts of its production lines. The improvements should help in the most labor intensive areas of their business, such as deboning chickens.
“We are excited about Forest’s planned expansion and our continued efforts to increase our automation footprint,” said David Bray, Tyson Group President Poultry. “This project demonstrates our ability to execute a product line shift that results in less labor intensive for team members while creating more jobs at a competitive compensation structure. a win-win situation to support the long-term growth of the Forest community and our operations.
Earlier this year, Tyson committed $1.8 billion to open 12 factories over the next two years. These openings will increase processing capacity by more than a billion pounds.
Last year, Tyson committed $61 million to expand another Mississippi processing plant in Vicksburg. The Vicksburg plant employs 500 people and this expansion will add another 50 jobs.