The State of Alabama has awarded a $1.1 million grant to Dale County to make road improvements for access to the Wayne Farms feed mill that is being built in the county.

According to a Southeast Sun report, The Alabama Department of Transportation’s Industrial Access Committee awarded the grant to the county, which is to be used for access and turning lane upgrades at County Road 18’s intersections at the U.S. 231 and Alabama 123 highways. Dale County Commission Chairman said that upgrades to those roads are required for the expected 200 to 300 trucks that will travel daily to the feed mill.

Wayne Farms broke ground on the new feed mill, which will be located near the Alabama community of Ozark in August, with plans for construction of the mill to be completed by the beginning of 2017.


The new feed mill has been designed to handle Wayne Farms’ expanding business needs, in light of its 42,000 square-foot Wayne Farms fresh processing facility’s expansion in Dothan, Alabama.

When fully operational, the feed mill is expected to have a weekly output of 25,000 tons of feed per week. It is estimated that 88 people will be employed at the new feed mill.