Tyson Foods, Inc. will invest approximately $80 million to expand operations in Union City, TN. Tyson, one of the world’s largest food companies, plans to create more than 300 new jobs as part of its expansion in Obion County.
Tyson plans to add 25,000 square feet and new production lines to its Union City plant, effectively doubling its output capabilities at the facility. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall. The expansion is expected to be operational by mid-2019.
“Customer and consumer demand for protein, especially chicken, is increasing so we’re investing in projects that build on our strengths, expand our capabilities and increase our capacity,” said Doug Ramsey, Tyson’s group president of poultry. “Expansions like this position us to grow and support our customers.”
Tyson’s Union City complex supplies chicken for a national foodservice customer. The company also operates facilities in Goodlettsville, Newbern and Shelbyville, employing about 5,000 workers in Tennessee.
“Tyson has been an integral part of Obion County for 20 years and I’m pleased to see the company move forward with this more than 300-job expansion in Union City,” said Gov. Bill Haslam. “With more than 1,000 employees in West Tennessee, Tyson’s impact on the community extends to the local farmers supported by its operations. I’d like to thank Tyson for its continued commitment to West Tennessee and bringing us closer to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
“It is vital that we do all we can to create a business environment where our existing employers can expand and create new job opportunities for hard working Tennesseans, especially in rural, Tier-4 counties such as Obion County,” said Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe. “Tyson’s considerable investment in West Tennessee is yet another validation of our efforts to attract more investment and jobs to our rural communities. I’d like to thank Tyson for laying the groundwork for more than 300 new jobs that will have a major impact on the residents and families of Obion County.”
“We have been so fortunate to have Tyson as a major employer in our city, county and area,” said Union City Mayor Terry Hailey. “With this expansion, we are assured of even more good jobs for our people. And, Tyson is an excellent corporate citizen getting behind many area projects. For that, we are grateful and we know that this expansion means that Tyson is even more committed to Union City and Obion County just as we are committed to them.”
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