JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Tyson Foods is investing $61 million into its Vicksburg facility - a move that will create nearly 50 new jobs at the plant.
The investment is part of the company's commitment to meet increasing demand and accelerate the long-term growth of the Tyson brand.
The expansion will increase production capacity of chicken products for foodservice customers such as restaurants and schools. It's expected to be completed by summer 2022.
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for improvements to infrastructure; Warren County and Entergy Mississippi are also assisting with the project.
Right now, the Vicksburg facility employs approximately 500 people. It paid more than $17 million in wages during the 2020 fiscal year. Locally, the facility has an economic impact of $58 million annually.
Recently, Tyson raised total compensation for team members, including raising hourly wages at the Vicksburg facility to at least $15 an hour.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves complimented Tyson, saying it's commitment to the expansion points back to the state's business culture.
“For three decades, Tyson Foods has been a valued employer and major economic contributor in Warren County," Reeves said. "The company’s ongoing investments in its Vicksburg operations are a testament to Mississippi’s strong business environment and capable workforce.”
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