A US$13m investment at Tyson Foods’ Hope, Arkansas facility is expected to create around 250 jobs.

In a bid to increase operational efficiencies, Tyson has said it will install new product chilling and processing equipment at the plant, as well as making a “slight” increase in the size specifications for the chickens raised by contract poultry farmers. This will require the development of additional chicken houses.

“This initiative reflects our determination to make sure our complex continues to raise and process the highest quality chicken in the most efficient way possible,” said Randy King, manager of Tyson’s Hope poultry complex. “We’re also pleased our reinvestment will bring new employment, an increased payroll and additional grower opportunities in the community.”
Tyson said it estimates that the additional jobs and chicken houses will help increase the annual payroll for Tyson’s Hope complex to $27m and total grower pay to $21m. The new jobs will boost Tyson’s overall employment in the Hope area to around 1,100 people.

However, the firm added that the operational improvements will not increase the Hope plant’s overall production levels, but will result in changes in the way it processes boneless chicken for its foodservice customers.

The plant will temporarily suspend operations for around two weeks in late December and early January while equipment is being installed.
Tyson said it will begin hiring in mid-December to fill the new positions created by the project.