Fieldale Farms plans poultry plant expansion

Fieldale Farms is planning to expand its poultry plant in Murrayville, Georgia.

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Fieldale Farms is planning to expand its poultry plant in Murrayville, Georgia.

The extent of the expansion is still in the planning stages, Fieldale Farms President Tom Hensley told the Gainsville Times, but the company is hoping that the expansion will allow it to hire about 100 more workers. Those jobs will include entry level, supervisory and administrative positions.

While the Times did not report on any of the specifics in terms of processing and production, the expansion will include new facilities such as a new break room and cafeteria for employees.

According to the WATT PoultryUSA Top Companies poultry plants directory, Fieldale Farms’ Murrayville plant operations include slaughter, bulk parts, prepack, fast-food cuts and debone portion control birds.

Fieldale Farms is the 15th largest broiler company in the United States, having produced 16 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis in 2016. It has two slaughter plants and one further processing plant, as well as three hatcheries and two feed mills. The company is headquartered in Baldwin, Georgia.

Hopes for new traffic light

Fieldale Farms has put in a request with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for a driveway permit for a new entrance to the facility.

Hensley hopes that the state could add a traffic light at the entrance at Georgia 60 and Hubert Stephens Road, saying: “Right now it’s dangerous to turn off Hubert Stephens, and there’s a lot of traffic that comes through there.”

But GDOT district spokeswoman Katie Strickland said a study of the intersection was done, and there was not enough traffic to warrant a such a light.

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