Tyson Invests in North Carolina Plant

US - Tyson Foods has invested more than $20 million at its plant in Wilkesboro, North Carolina to improve the efficiency of its fresh poultry operations.
calendar icon 4 November 2010
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Bob Johnson, manager of Tyson's Wilkesboro poultry complex, explained: "Our Wilkesboro plant is involved in a couple of improvement projects designed to improve the efficiency of our fresh poultry operations, which are involved in the production of tray-packaged fresh chicken for retail customers. The total cost of these projects is more than $20 million.

"We recently transitioned to a new chicken deboning system, which we believe will give us more versatility in making changes to our product mix. The change involved the installation of new production equipment, the addition of jobs, and the construction of an addition.

"We will modify our bird cut-up area in late November with equipment that will streamline the production process and actually reduce some of our labour needs.

"Combined, the two projects will result in a net increase of 165 production jobs. This means Tyson's total employment at Wilkes County will be more than 2,500 people. Most of the deboning positions have already been filled; however, we continue to take job applications.

"We're excited about these projects and what they mean for the future of our Wilkesboro operations. We're also pleased they will result in a net increase in the number of jobs we provide in the community. The projects will not increase the total volume of product produced at the plant."

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