Tyson Foods Inc. will expand its chicken processing facility in Union City, Tennessee, through an $84 million investment, according to a recent press release.
The company will build out 25,000 square feet of new space at the facility, increase the number of processing lines and make feed mill, hatchery and transportation upgrades. The expansion will create 300 new jobs.
"Customer and consumer demand for protein, especially chicken, is increasing so we're investing in projects that build on our strengths, expand our capabilities and increase our capacity," said Tyson Group President of Poultry, Doug Ramsey, in the release. "Expansions like this position us to grow and support our customers."
Construction is slated to be completed in 2019, according to Global Meat News.
The company currently employs 5,000 people in Tennessee, with facilities in Newbern, Shelbyville and Goodlettsville, the Times Free Press noted.
"With more than 1,000 employees in West Tennessee, Tyson's impact on the community extends to the local farmers supported by its operations," said Gov. Bill Haslam, according to the source. "I'd like to thank Tyson for its continued commitment to West Tennessee and bringing us closer to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high-quality jobs."