A Tyson Foods poultry processing plant in Robards, Kentucky, was evacuated on March 17 after the company received a bomb threat.

After the threat was made, it was brought to the attention of the plant’s management team, which quickly activated the plant’s operating procedure and contacted the Henderson County Dispatch. According to a press release from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies, along with the Kentucky State Police, assisted managers with a search of the plant. Authorities concluded the search after no devices were found and reaching the conclusion that the threat was false.

According to company spokesperson Gary Mickelson, workers re-entered the plant after it was deemed safe to do so by local authorities and operations resumed.


The Robards plant produces individually quick frozen chicken packaged under the Tyson brand for sale to retail customers throughout the region and nationally.

Tyson Foods in 2015 announced that it was investing more than $8 million to install a new freezer and additional work stations at the facility in Robards. Along with the expansion came the addition of 90 workers. Tyson Foods acquired the facility in 1998.