Butterball, one of the largest producers of turkey products in the United States, will invest $8.7 million to expand two processing facilities in Ozark and Huntsville, Arkansas. The company plans to create 360 jobs during the next three years.
The expansion in northwest Arkansas includes a $4.7 million investment in Ozark where the company will create 160 jobs and a $4 million investment in Huntsville where it will create 200 new jobs. Butterball plans to upgrade processing equipment, expand cooler space, and implement production line modifications at its Huntsville facility. At its Ozark plant, the company plans to upgrade processing equipment and expand refrigeration capacity.
“Having been a longstanding employer in Arkansas through our feed mills, turkey growing operations and production facilities, Butterball appreciates the continued support from the state of Arkansas as we look to expand some of our processing operations at our Huntsville and Ozark, Arkansas facilities,” said Butterball President and CEO Jay Jandrain. “We are proud to continue to be vital contributors to and key supporters of the local communities in which we operate and we’re grateful for the hardworking people of Arkansas.”
“This is a great day for Northwest Arkansas,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “Butterball has chosen to expand not just one, but two, Arkansas facilities. The trust that they have placed in our workforce and business climate is a great testament to the hard work and dedication of our state and these two communities.”
Butterball’s Huntsville facility produces prepackaged fresh, frozen, and cooked whole turkeys; turkey breasts and roasts; and prepackaged bone-in tray pack turkey products. At the Ozark facility, Butterball produces pre-packaged fresh and frozen whole turkeys. In addition to the processing facilities in Ozark and Huntsville, Butterball has a third processing facility in Jonesboro as well as feed mills in Yellville and Alix.
“Communities are the foundation for economic development,” said Secretary of Commerce and Arkansas Economic Development Commission Executive Director Mike Preston. “Butterball does a lot for the communities in which they operate, and I am thrilled to see the investment the company is making in both Huntsville and Ozark.”