Tyson Foods has plans to expand its cooked poultry plant in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, the company revealed on September 1.

The project, however, is in part contingent upon the approval of a community development block grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Tyson Foods spokesman Worth Sparkman said. If the grant is approved, the project would create as many as 75 jobs and would represent an investment of more than $14 million in the community.

The company remains optimistic that the CDGB can be approved and that the project can move forward.


“We’re grateful to the North Carolina Department of Commerce and everything it has done to help Tyson Foods bring jobs to the state in the past,” Drew McGee, Tyson Foods’ senior vice president of raw poultry, said in a statement. “We’re hopeful this project will be a win for our company, North Carolina and our customers.”

According to the WATT PoultryUSA Top Companies 2015 Poultry Plants Directory, Tyson Foods has two facilities in Wilkesboro.

Tyson Foods is the largest broiler company in the United States, and the third largest in the world, trailing only JBS and BRF, both companies headquartered in Brazil. According to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, Tyson Foods slaughters 2.31 billion chickens on an annual basis.