Chicken processor Mountaire Farms Inc. is expanding its plant in Robeson County, N.C., according to The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area.

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The expansion is expected to cost $17.9M and create 51 jobs. Scott Varner, North Carolina director of operations for Mountaire, said the plant is already one of the largest in the country. Delaware-based Mountaire has about 2,400 employees in North Carolina.