Wayne Farms, the sixth largest vertically integrated poultry producer in the United States, is expanding its operations in Laurel, Miss. The company intends to add a new processing line and renovate its existing facility.

The project involves a $3 million investment. When completed, the plant expansion will create 150 additional jobs. The Wayne Farms plant presently employs about 640 people.

The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project through the Community Development Block Grant program to assist with infrastructure and renovation, according to the Mississippi Business Journal. The city of Laurel provided assistance for the expansion, as well.


"Wayne Farms has been 'in business' with Mississippi and Laurel since 1957, and this block grant is testimony to the mutually beneficial relationship we've enjoyed. It represents a true community partnership that will create 150 jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact to the area," said Clint Rivers, vice president and general manager of Wayne Farms' Fresh Processing Business Unit. "We're grateful for the hard work and vision of the Mississippi Governor's office, the Mississippi Development Authority and the confidence of this community. We'll do our part to continue earning that confidence."

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant praised Wayne Farms for its commitment to creating jobs and improving the business climate in Mississippi.