Mountaire Farms will launch a feed mill operation that will bring 65 jobs to Scotland County, North Carolina. The integrated poultry processing company plans to invest nearly $44 million at a site near Laurinburg over the next three years.
“These new, good-paying jobs mean better opportunities for hard-working people and their communities in Scotland County,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a press release. “Agriculture has a long and proud history in North Carolina and Mountaire Farms’ new state-of-the-art operations are a sign that the agriculture industry has a bright future here.”
The company’s Scotland County operations will employ machine operators, maintenance specialists, drivers, and management personnel. Wages will vary by position, but the average compensation for the new positions will be $51,408 per year. Scotland County’s average annual wage is approximately $34,037.
“We believe North Carolina is the ideal place for Mountaire Farms to grow,” said Paul Downes, Mountaire Farms president and CEO. “We are very encouraged by the support we have received from the State of North Carolina, Scotland County, Scotland Economic Development Corporation, Laurinburg Maxton Airport Commission, the local community, and others. This is a fantastic project and we look forward to getting started.”
The Mountaire Farms feed mill project will also provide growth opportunities for local chicken producers and grain suppliers. Mountaire supports the poultry growing community and is a major purchaser of commodity grains including corn, soybeans, wheat, and barley.
Mountaire Farms’ expansion in North Carolina was made possible in part by a performance-based grant of up to $200,000 from the One North Carolina Fund. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance in support of local governments in creating jobs and attracting economic investment. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for grant funds. All One NC grants require a local government match.