According to a Fox Business report this week, Tyson Foods, one of the biggest food companies in the world, will be building a massive new $300 million plant in Tennessee which will provide at least 1,500 new jobs and generate as much as $150 million in additional revenue for the state.
“This project will enable us to provide even more fresh chicken to consumers across the country,” Tyson Foods president and CEO Tom Hayes said in a news release. “As one of the world’s leading protein companies, we continue to raise the world’s expectations of how much good food can do.”
The new plant is expected to begin operations in 2019, and was initially planned to be even bigger and located in Kansas. However, after local residents in Leavenworth County expressed opposition in Kansas, plans were changed and the facility ultimately shifted to Tennessee.
“The (Tennessee) location is attractive to us because of the strong support we’ve received from state and local leaders, the existing industrial park and availability of labor, as well as access to feed grains produced in the region,” stated Doug Ramsey, group president of Poultry for Tyson Foods.
Although Kansas missed out on this new Tyson chicken plant, according to The Kansas City Star, the company is said to still be eyeing the state for an additional expansion in the future. Furthermore, in other communities outside of Leavenworth County have expressed interest in becoming home to a new Tyson plant.
“We have been fully aware they were considering multiple locations and planning to build more than one new complex,” explained Jackie McClaskey, Kansas’ secretary of agriculture. “We anticipate positive news in 2018 as we continue to work with multiple Kansas communities and Tyson.”
Even the Kansas Department of Agriculture issued a statement, congratulating both Tyson and Tennessee on working out a deal, with an obvious eye toward working together in the future.
“Consumer demand drives growth in the food and agriculture industry, and we have been aware throughout our own discussions with Tyson Foods that their expansion plans included multiple facilities in more than one state, so this announcement was not unexpected,” said department spokeswoman Heather Lansdowne.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Tyson Foods as they further evaluate expansion of their poultry business unit growth opportunities in Kansas,” she added.
In other words, jobs, jobs, and more jobs, folks.
Trump promised them. And it looks like they are being delivered, which is great news!
Unemployment is down to 4.1%, lowest in 17 years. 1.5 million new jobs created since I took office. Highest stock Market ever, up $5.4 trill
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2017