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Quick chicken plant facts

By From staff reports
Published in News on June 24, 2010 1:46 PM

What: A Wayne County Sanderson plant with a feed mill, hatchery and processing plant and wastewater treatment facility. It could employ about 1,100 people, require about 150 contract growers, and be equipped to process and sell 8.9 million pounds of dressed meat per week.

Status: The plan hinges on several factors, including state and local economic incentives and obtaining the property and permits, company officials have said.

If the conditions are met, construction could begin in the second quarter of fiscal year 2011, with operations starting in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012.

About the company: According to Sanderson's website, the company is one of the nation's leading food corporations, with annual sales of more than $1.789 billion. Sanderson has plants in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Georgia that process more than 8.125 million chickens per week. It also has six feed mills and seven hatcheries. The company is the fourth-largest poultry producer in the U.S. and employs more than 10,000 workers.