Tyson Foods Inc. announced Wednesday plans for an expansion project involving over $14 million in capital improvements resulting in additional jobs at the company’s chicken processing complex in Wilkesboro.
“We’re planning to make capital improvements to a cook (cooked products) plant in Wilkesboro to meet growing demand for our products,” said Tyson spokesman Worth Sparkman.
Tyson’s plans to move ahead with the project are partly contingent on approval of a community development block grant (CDBG) from the N.C. Department of Commerce, said Sparkman.
“If the grant is approved, the project will create as many as 75 jobs,” in addition to the investment of over $14 million, he said.
Officials with the Town of Wilkesboro announced plans to apply for a $1.9 million CDBG grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce for designing and building a new 100-foot diameter clarifier at the Wilkesboro Wastewater Treatment Plant to support the proposed Tyson expansion.
The Wilkesboro Town Council plans to have the second of two mandatory public hearings on September 12th.