December 12, 2017
Gov. Kay Ivey joined other officials and Wayne Farms leaders at the Enterprise Processing Facility expansion groundbreaking in Jack Dec. 12.
Alabama’s No. 1 agricultural industry fueled the largest economic development investment in Coffee County history today during a Wayne Farms groundbreaking in Jack near Enterprise.
The poultry company’s $105-million investment will expand and modernize the Jack plant which is part of its Enterprise Processing Facility. An additional 400 jobs will bring plant employment to more than 1,600, while production will increase by more than 30 percent to nearly 400,000 chickens daily. The plant is expected to open in early 2019.
Wayne Farms President and CEO Clint Rivers said investing in Enterprise was the next phase in regional expansion, as the company’s three Wiregrass production complexes employ more than 3,000 people. In addition to Enterprise, Wayne has complexes in Union Springs and Dothan.
“The expansion is part of our ongoing growth in south Alabama,” Rivers said. “We’ve invested more than $200 million in the Wiregrass area, and it’s a success story for us and the communities where we live and work — the relationship has been outstanding, the workforce is solid, and the support from business, government and community leaders has been exemplary.”
Indirect economic impact abounds, too. Poultry and row crop farmers will benefit as the plant processes more chickens, increasing demand for locally grown grain.
The 200,000-square-foot expansion adds to the current facility’s 120,000 square feet. The expanded plant will include a new processing line with state-of-the-industry technologies and processing equipment, including marination, waterjet portioning, and automated sizing and packaging. The new line will focus on Wayne Farms’ new NAKED TRUTH Premium Chicken brand.
State and regional officials, including Gov. Kay Ivey, joined in the historic groundbreaking. Ivey championed the initiative as a sign Alabama’s economic development strategy is working.
“With this expansion, Wayne Farms will not only be able to better serve their customers and to grow their business, they will also provide a good wage for 400 more Alabamians,” Ivey said. “When we provide a favorable business climate, employers and employees succeed, thus, our state succeeds.”
Wayne Farms LLC is the sixth-largest vertically integrated poultry producer in the U.S. with annual sales exceeding $2 billion. A subsidiary of Continental Grain Co., Wayne Farms owns and operates 11 fresh and further-processed facilities throughout the Southeast, produces more than 2.6 billion pounds of poultry products per year and employs more than 9,000 individuals.