Tyson Foods Inc. is expanding its chicken processing complex in Wilkesboro, N.C., to improve the efficiency of its fresh poultry operations.

The focus of the $20 million project is twofold: a new chicken deboning system and the replacement of cut-up equipment. The fresh plant will grow by 24,000 square feet as a result of the expansion. Once complete, the improvements are expected to bring an additional 165 production jobs to the complex. "We're excited about these projects and what they mean for the future of our Wilkesboro operations," said Bob Johnson, manager of the complex. "We're also pleased they will result in a net increase in the number of jobs we provide in the community."