Tyson Foods has completed the construction process for an expansion of its value-added poultry plant in Camilla, Georgia.
With the expansion, 35,000 square feet were added, as was a new production line. With the new line, about 100 jobs were created at the facility, which became a part of Tyson Foods’ operations with the 2018 acquisition of Keystone Foods.
“This project is great news for our plant, our community, and our customers,” said Eddie Chancellor, vice president - operations at Tyson Foods. “We are committed to the community of Camilla and are pleased to add 100 new jobs with this expansion, while also meeting the growing demand for our products.”
State and county officials, including Gov. Brian Kemp, praised the company for the expansion.
“Georgia’s existing industries are a vital component for job growth in every corner of the state,” Kemp said in a press release from the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “We are grateful that Tyson Foods is continuing their investment in the State of Georgia and excited for the new opportunities that this expansion will create for Mitchell County and the region.”
“Anywhere would be fortunate to have a company such as Tyson Foods to invest and expand in their community,” added Paige Gilchrist, executive director of the Mitchell County Development Authority. “Established in the 1930s and now with over 123 food processing plants, Tyson has proven its longevity time and time again. In addition to its sustainability, quality product, and substantial workforce, Tyson cares about its communities. Tyson has donated millions of dollars in cash to help nonprofits across the country. Here in Mitchell County, we look forward to a long-lasting relationship and a thriving future with Tyson Foods.”
Tyson Foods is the largest poultry company in the United States. In 2018, it processed 192.33 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis, according to WATT PoultryUSA. That figure includes production figures from former Keystone Foods facilities.