Brakebush Brothers, a processor of poultry products, is expanding its operations in Westfield, Wisconsin, to meet the growing demand for its products.
Brakebush, a family-owned company that produces more than 200 processed chicken products for restaurants, schools, healthcare facilities, colleges and universities and convenience stores nationwide, is adding a new production line at its Westfield facility. The project will accommodate the company’s current and future growth in existing and emerging markets.
The company expects to create more than 200 jobs and invest $86 million for the expansion of its production facility.
The company has already started hiring for the expansion, much of which will be completed by December.
“Our company has been able to grow and compete on a national level for many years, and this expansion of our production facility will enable us to provide great-tasting Brakebush products to our customers for years to come,” said Carl Brakebush, company chairman. “The Westfield and surrounding area of Marquette County has been our home since 1925 and the hardworking, dedicated people in this area are the key to our success. We have indeed been blessed and are proud of what has been established here in south-central Wisconsin.”
Expansion expected to give state an economic boost
In addition to the 219 jobs expected to be created by Brakebush, an economic modeling study estimates the expansion could indirectly generate 123 additional jobs in the region. Those 342 new jobs could generate up to $720,000 annually in state income tax revenue.
“With 1,000 employees, Brakebush Brothers has been a major employer in Marquette County for decades, and I thank the company for its decision to expand its operations in Wisconsin,” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said in a press release. “I’m pleased that a company that has been in the region for nearly a century will remain here for years to come.”
The company, which employs about 1,900 people nationwide, ships poultry products to all 50 states, plus Canada and parts of the Caribbean, and its products have made it to other parts of the world via the U.S. military.
The news of the Brakebush Brothers expansion in Westfield comes less than two months after the company announced it would be building a new poultry processing plant in Greenville, Texas.