The State of North Carolina has awarded a $1.5 million grant to Siler City, North Carolina, to assist the town in providing expanded wastewater services in support of Mountaire Farms’ planned poultry plant expansion there.

Mountaire Farms, the seventh largest broiler company in the United States, announced in May that it had entered into an agreement to acquire the former Townsend processing plant and an adjoining property in Siler City. Mountaire has been working to renovate and expand the facility, which is expected to create as many as 700 jobs.

The plant is expected to be operational in 2018.


Mountaire Farms’ expansion in the area has been welcomed by local governmental entities, as the Town of Siler City approved $800,000 worth of incentives for the project, and Chatham County has offered $1.5 million in incentives.

About the grant

The grant was announced in a press release issued by the North Carolina Commerce department. The grant for Siler City was just one of 26 grant requests approved by the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA). Those 26 grants amounted to a total of $8,697,833.

“Rural Infrastructure Authority grants help provide the assets and amenities smaller communities need when attracting businesses and growing jobs,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III. “Working in tandem with our Commerce team, RIA has been an invaluable resource for customizing job-growth solutions across our economically diverse state.”