Rose Acre Farms, the second-largest egg producer in the United States, celebrated the groundbreaking of its potential 2,600-acre farm that will house 3 million laying hens near the community of Bouse in La Paz County, Arizona. The ceremony was held June 13 and hosted by the La Paz Economic Development Corporation (ECD).

The project includes a 3 million bird layer farm, a pullet farm, a rail spur and a feed milling operation.

 “This was a great day for the people of La Paz County,” said La Paz EDC President Skip Becker. “Rose Acre Farms will invest $100 million in create 80 to 100 jobs in La Paz County.”

Chips Everhart, a representative of Rose Acre Farms, described the future facility as the embodiment of the American Dream:  to stop by a lonely site in the Arizona desert and envision an egg farm contributing to the local economy, reported the Parker Pioneer.

The Arizona project marks the second expansion effort planned recently by Rose Acre Farms. The company, in the first week of October 2014, began construction on an egg production complex in Red River County, Texas. That operation is to include 14 layer houses.

According to the WATT Global Media Top Companies Database, Rose Acre Farms specializes in table eggs and egg products, and has about 24.6 million laying hens.