Mar-Jac Poultry is building a new feed mill and hatchery in Franklin County, Alabama.
The projects were announced July 12 by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey.
“Agriculture feeds America and that is especially true in rural Alabama where the poultry industry is a major employer,” Ivey stated. “This project will put food on the tables for numerous families in Franklin County and northwest Alabama and will have a large economic impact on the area.”
New Mar-Jac feed mill
The feed mill, according to a press release from Ivey’s office, will be valued at $35 million and will be used to produce feed for poultry operations in northwest Alabama. It is expected to employ about 30 people and increase job opportunities in the region for suppliers and other related jobs.
The mill will measure 55,0000 square feet and will be located in the Spruce Pine Community.
The state has awarded a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) related to the project. CDGB funds will help provide improvements at a railroad crossing at the main road leading to the plant, and will include installing safety signals. An estimated 80 to 100 trucks, many from local farms delivering grain to the plant, will use the road.
New Mar-Jac hatchery
Ivey also announced that a new hatchery will be built in the nearby area. The hatchery project is valued at $23 million, and will be another job creator for the region.
According to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, Mar-Jac Poultry presently has three hatcheries and three feed mills.
Mar-Jac Poultry is the 16th largest broiler company in the United States. It has two companies, Mar-Jac Poultry LLC, which includes operations in Alabama and Mississippi, and Mar-Jac Poultry Inc., which includes its operations in Georgia.