Tyson Foods opens US$75 M poultry feed mill in Arkansas

USA—Tyson Foods’ has formally dedicated US$75 million poultry feed mill in Fulton, Arkansas with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Hempstead County Economic Development Corporation, Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, Hempstead County, City of Hope, and Tyson officials formally cut the ribbon and toured the new facility.

Complex Manager Randy King explained the new mega-mill will take the place of older feed mills in Hope and Nashville and will allow the company to expand grower operations in the region once a new hatchery is built.

The mill will produce about 13,000 tons of finished feed in a week and load 115 rail cars in 11 hours.

“It’s a very unique feed mill,” King told SWARK. “It’s got some of the biggest equipment around. We’re producing more feed than anybody in Tyson.”

Tyson’s current production is 1 million birds but with the new hatchery, the company is aiming to process 1.3 million birds by September 2024. When fully operational, the facility is expected to employ 61 drivers, managers and mill workers.

“When we get the hatchery done, Fulton will be one of the largest mills in the country,” said Terry Crabtree, manager of the new mill.

Last year the company built another feed mill as part of a US$425 million investment in a processing factory in Humboldt that also saw the construction of a chicken hatchery.

Tyson Foods, Inc. is an American multinational corporation, that operates in the food industry. The company is the world’s second-largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork after JBS S.A., annually exporting the largest percentage of beef out of the United States.

In January, Tyson debuted new varieties of its Instant Pot Kits, Instant Pot Seasoned Proteins and Oven Ready Family Size Kits in response to a 67% jump in cooking and preparing meals from home since the start of the pandemic.

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