Tyson Foods will proceed with its planned expansion of its cooked poultry plant in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, as the Wilkesboro Town Council and Wilkes County Commission have approved tax incentives for the investment.

The project represents a $14 million investment and when completed, will create as many as 75 new jobs.

The company revealed on September 1 that it had hoped to expand the plant, but added that the project would be contingent upon receiving financial incentives. Both local governmental bodies approved the incentives within the past week.


“We’re very pleased the Wilkesboro Town Council and the Wilkes County commissioners have approved tax abatements so we can make a $14 million capital investment in our operations there,” Drew McGee, senior vice president of raw poultry for Tyson Foods, said in a statement. “We have a great and dedicated workforce in our Wilkesboro operations, and this project will help us grow the team by as many as 75 people. We like doing business in North Carolina and appreciate everything the city of Wilkesboro, the county and the state have done to help us grow our business there.”

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