Wayne Farms has received the Coffee County Farm-City Industry Award at this year’s Farm-City annual awards banquet held at the New Brockton Farm Center. The annual award recognizes regional business enterprises that supply, sell and deliver agricultural and farm products across the nation.
The company was nominated and confirmed for the award by the Coffee County Farm-City Committee, a regional business, economic development and community coalition focused on forging strong relationships between communities and agricultural enterprises. “Wayne Farms is a vibrant part of our local economy, and our community—one of the largest employers with so many positive impacts...job growth, local spending, spending by employees in the local economy,” said Cindy Kinney, Chairman of the Coffee County Farm-City Committee.
Wayne Farms operates three production complexes in the Wiregrass region employing more than 3,000 people. Wayne Farms Enterprise Fresh Processing Facility is one of the largest employers in Coffee County, with more than 1,300 employees working to support local operations.
Hundreds of local family farms also produce poultry for Wayne Farms, and the company purchases local grain from local farmers to use in feed production. The company’s regional economic impact exceeds $75 million annually. “We’re proud of our operation and our relationship with the community here in Enterprise,” said Brad Williams, Wayne Farms South Alabama complex manager. “The support from the local community—from the quality of the workforce to support from business and civic leaders—has been outstanding, and it’s an honor to receive this award.”