Mountaire Farms’ plans to re-open and expand the former Townsend chicken plant in Siler City, North Carolina, got a boost from the Chatham County board of commissioners, which on October 17 approved $1.5 million worth of tax incentives for the company.
The county incentives, which were approved unanimously, follow an earlier move from the Siler City Town Council, which approved about $800,000 worth of incentives.
Mountaire Farms announced in May that it had entered into an agreement to acquire the plant, along with nearby property. A new feed mill will be built on the neighboring property.
The poultry plant is expected to be operational by Feburary 2018.
Mountaire Farms is the seventh largest broiler company in the United States. According to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, Mountaire Farms produced 46.1 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis in 2015.
In addition to its expansion in Siler City, Mountaire Farms in 2015 announced its intent to build new corporate offices in Millsboro, Delaware. The new office building was designed to enable the company to bring its administrative employees together in one location.
Manufacturer approved for Chatham County incentives, boosts jobs pledge to 714
A Delaware-based poultry processing company that in May announced plans to re-open and potentially expand the former Townsend chicken processing plant in Siler City has been approved for a local incentive package worth about $2.3 million over the next six years.