Tyson Foods will open a new facility in Humboldt in West Tennessee, creating more than 1,500 jobs, Gov. Bill Haslam announced last week.
Haslam made the announcement along with economic development commissioner Bob Rolfe.
“The new facility will be Tyson’s fifth location in Tennessee and it means a great deal that a company of this magnitude continues to grow its footprint in our state,” Haslam said in a press release.
The facility will produce pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken for grocery stores across the country, according to a Tyson Foods press release. The chicken production complex will include a processing plant, hatchery, feed mill and related operations. The company will contract with local farmers to raise chickens.
Tyson Foods’ investment of more than $300 million in Humboldt is the company’s biggest in Tennessee and the single largest investment in Gibson County’s history.
Headquartered in Arkansas, the food processing giant sells various chicken, beef and pork products under the brands Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Sara Lee, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells and State Fair.
Tyson Foods has been producing chicken in Tennessee for more than 45 years. The new facility marks the second major project the company has started in the state this year. In August, Tyson Foods announced an $84 million expansion of its poultry plant in Union City, also in West Tennessee.
The new facility in Humboldt is expected to be fully operational by 2019.