Tyson may expand chicken plant in North Carolina

Tyson may expand chicken plant in North Carolina

Tyson Foods is mulling whether to make fresh investment in a poultry plant in the US.

The company is weighing up expansion at its processing site in Monroe in North Carolina.

"We're still in the planning stages, so it would be premature to provide any details, but I can tell you we're considering an expansion at this plant," a spokesperson for the US meat giant told just-food.

The spokesperson played down a US report that said the investment could lead to the addition of 50 jobs at the facility.

Last month, Tyson announced plans to close two plants in the US. The company said it will shut a pepperoni plant in Jefferson in Wisconsin, where 400 people are employed. The group also intends to cease operations at a prepared foods plant in Chicago in Illinois. This facility employs approximately 480 people. Both sites are expected to close in the second half of the company's 2016 financial year, which ends next October.