Sanderson Farms has closed on the purchase of a 550-acre parcel of land where it intends to locate part of a new poultry complex.
The land is located in Smith County, Texas, which is where Sanderson Farms hopes to build a chicken processing plant and hatchery. According to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, the land transaction was confirmed by a representative of Drake Real Estate, which brokered the deal.
The complex also calls for a new feed mill. Sanderson has also been working with Wood County, Texas, on sites there.
The Smith County Commission recently approved a 10-year tax abatement package for Sanderson Farms. The vote passed unanimously.
When completed, the new Sanderson Farms complex is expected to process 1.25 million birds per week and employ about 1,700 people. About 80 new contract growers will also be needed to support the plant. Construction of the new facilities is hoped to begin in late 2017 or early 2018.
Sanderson Farms closes on Smith County property
Sanderson Farms closed on approximately 550 acres in Smith County.