Tyson Foods announced on August 26 that it will invest $300 million to build a plant in Danville, Virginia, USA that will produce fully-cooked poultry products. The project is part of the company’s commitment to meet increasing demand for value-added SKUs and accelerate long-term growth.
The 325,000-square-foot facility is expected to create nearly 400 jobs when production begins in the spring of 2023. Among items produced will be fully-cooked branded frozen chicken products including Any’tizer Snacks and Chicken Nuggets.
“As consumers actively look to add more protein to their diets, we are uniquely positioned as a category leader to meet that growing demand,” said Noelle O’Mara, president of Tyson’s Prepared Foods division. “Our continued focus on consumer driven innovation will accelerate this momentum and our investment in Danville-Pittsylvania County will help drive the long-term growth of the Tyson brand.”
“When corporate partners reinvest in the Commonwealth, it is a strong endorsement of the many attributes that make Virginia the best state for business,” boasted Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. “Tyson has been a major employer in Virginia for more than five decades and continues its growth trajectory with this new operation. We look forward to many years of success.”
Tyson Foods employs more than 2,000 people across Virginia with an annual payroll of more than $76 million. The Springdale, Arkansas-headquartered company paid Virginia poultry growers more than $37 million in its 2020 fiscal year and estimates its total statewide impact to be $154 million. Tyson’s other Virginia processing operations are in Glen Allen and Temperanceville.