Poultry processor announces major expansion in Franklin County

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PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. (WHNT) – A poultry processor has announced plans to invest $50-million in northwest Alabama operations, including a new $25-million feedmill to be built near Phil Campbell.

More than two hundred acres of pasture land and the adjacent Norfolk Southern rail lines which run through Spruce Pine Alabama lured in the major expansion project.

During an announcement on Friday morning, Mar-Jac Poultry outlined plans to build the multi-million dollar feedmill to support their growing operation.

“When we went there, it just felt right. We just felt like this is the right location. If we can work it out to build our circular track and build what the facility we want here, this is where we want to be,” stated Pete Martin, Vice President of Operations for Mar-Jac Poultry.

Economic developers said the feedmill will employ some 50 residents in the area once it’s operational.

Not only was Friday’s announcement good for those seeking employment, farmers will also benefit from the new plant.

“They are going to be looking to construct a hundred to a hundred and twenty-five new broiler houses. From my experience, the farmers, the contracted growers for Mar-Jac, seem to do pretty well,” explained Mitch Mays, Executive Director of the Franklin County Development Authority.

Farmers will contract with Mar-Jac Poultry to not only grow chickens for processing, but to help supply the feedmill with corn and soy.

Economic leaders say this project has the potential to have a tremendous impact through direct and indirect job growth.

Mar-Jac Poultry has multiple facilities in Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama. Company officials said they hope to break ground in June and be completely operational by early 2017.

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