Pearl River Foods is planning to locate a poultry processing plant in Carthage, Mississippi.

The company intends to invest more than $2 million in the project, according to a press release from the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), and once the plant is in operation, about 150 people will be employed there.

The plant is expected to begin operations in October.

An Associated Press report in the Virginian-Pilot stated that it would be a further processing plant that would buy chicken, process it into breasts and tenders, then sell the products to other companies.

According to the MDA press release, the company will lease the Leake County spec building. The location was described as ideal as it will enable the company to better serve the local poultry industry.

MDA is providing assistance for building improvements, while Leake County is providing assistance for infrastructure improvements.

“On behalf of Pearl River Foods, we are thankful to the state of Mississippi, Leake County and the City of Carthage for welcoming our operation. In a growing poultry industry, Pearl River Foods anticipates a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship between our company, the state and local communities,” said Phillip Jones, Pearl River Foods partner. “Our mission is to be a top quality poultry processor while positively impacting our surrounding community.”