Case Farms is planning an expansion project in Dudley, North Carolina, that will include a new wastewater treatment facility and an expansion of its cold storage facility.

The total project is valued at nearly $49 million. Of that, about $43 million will be spent on the cold storage expansion, while the remainder will be allocated for the wastewater treatment plant.

According to the Wayne County Development Alliance (WCDA), the project has been approved for a grant under the county’s industry incentive program, which was voted on by the Wayne County Commission last week.

Under the program, the company will pay its property taxes, and in turn, the county will refund a portion of those taxes to the Case Farms, dependent on the company’s completion of the project within a specified time and the filling of the number of jobs promised. Under the county’s policy, Case Farms qualified for a 95 percent cash-back grant over a five-year period.

It is estimated that 44 new jobs will be created as a result of this expansion at an average annual wage of more than $39,000.

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Case Farms has had poultry processing operations in Wayne County since 1995, employing about 1,000 people there according to WCDA.

Case Farms is headquartered in Troutman, North Carolina, and operates four slaughter plants, one further processing plant and one cooking plant. It is the 14th largest broiler company in the United States, having produced 19.5 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis in 2017, an increase of 0.6 million pounds per week when compared to its production in 2016, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database.

Case Farms’ brands include Case Farms and Tasty Eight.

The company started as a small family-owned Ohio poultry operation, and last year, it celebrated 30 years in the poultry business.