Poultry processor Peco Foods is investing $13.8 million in expanding a feed mill in Newark, Ark., and a processing plant in Batesville, Ark., a plan which will add 300 jobs to the area, according to the company.

Peco Foods is headquartered in Alabama, and also has complexes in Mississippi. “Peco Foods’ expansion into Arkansas was an excellent decision for us and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with the City of Batesville and the state,” said Mark Hickman, president and CEO of Peco Foods.

Peco Foods processes more than 4.2 million birds and 22 million pounds of ready-to-cook poultry each week. The company employs more than 4,900 people.