TFC Poultry commits $31.5 million to new turkey processing plant

It will specialize in deboning turkey thigh meat for sale to food manufacturers
calendar icon 6 December 2021
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TFC Poultry is also committing to purchase more than 100 million pounds of Virginia-grown turkey over the next four years, according to the announcement.

Virginia successfully competed with West Virginia for the project, which will create 111 new jobs.

"Virginia’s strong agriculture sector continues to play a critical role in the success of our booming economy,” said Governor Northam. “We are pleased the company has chosen to establish its first East Coast facility right here in Virginia, and we look forward to all of its success in the future.”

TFC Poultry was founded in 2008 by brothers Darrin and Trent Froemming after they purchased and remodeled a local shuttered poultry plant in Ashby, Minnesota. The company uses specialised proprietary technology, along with x-ray and metal detection, in the process of deboning turkey thighs.

“We specifically chose Winchester, Virginia due to two primary factors," explained Chief Executive Officer of TFC Poultry Darrin Froemming. "The first was the availability of all ranges of talent and that talent’s proximity to the new location; and the second reason was the embracing of progress the city demonstrated to the company throughout its due diligence stage. No other community held such an aggressive, yet genuinely welcoming reception.”

Governor Northam approved a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund and a $400,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund to assist the City of Winchester with the project.

Melanie Epp

Melanie Epp is a freelance agricultural journalist from Ontario, Canada.

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