Tyson Foods last week opened the company’s new poultry complex in Humboldt, Tennessee. The $425 million project, which includes a processing plant, feed mill and hatchery, represents Tyson’s biggest investment in Tennessee. Several hundred workers have been hired so far and are being trained for the start of production later this month.
The processing plant, which is expected to employ more than 1,500 people by 2023, will produce pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken for retail grocery stores nationwide beginning in late April. The payroll and payments to farmers from the new operation, along with the purchase of grain and utilities, is expected to generate an annual economic benefit to Tennessee of $150 million. The company’s Humboldt feed mill, which will supply feed for approximately 56 local poultry farmers, will employ 30 people and produce 14,000 tons of finished feed a week when production reaches full capacity. The Humboldt hatchery employs 30 workers and provides chicks for local poultry farmers who supply broiler chickens to Tyson.