Tyson Food, Inc. will invest over $300 million to locate new operations in the Select Tennessee Certified Gibson County Industrial Park North site in Humboldt, Tennessee. The company plans to create more than 1,500 jobs.
The new Gibson County facility will operate as a tray pack facility, which will include a hatchery, processing facility and feed mill. The facility is set to be fully operational by 2019.
According to state officials this project represents Tyson’s biggest investment in Tennessee and the single largest investment in Gibson County’s history.
“Our company has been successfully producing chicken in Tennessee for more than 45 years, so we’re pleased to expand our presence in the state with this major investment,” said Doug Ramsey, Group President of poultry for Tyson Foods.
“We’re grateful for the invitation to become part of Humboldt and Gibson County. The location is attractive to us because of the strong support we’ve received from state and local leaders, the existing industrial park and availability of labor, as well as access to feed grains produced in the region,” he added.
“I want to thank Tyson Foods for choosing Humboldt as the location for its new operations and for creating 1,500 new jobs in Gibson County,” Governor Bill Haslam said.
“The new facility will be Tyson’s fifth location in Tennessee and it means a great deal that a company of this magnitude continues to grow its footprint in our state. I appreciate Tyson for its continued commitment to Tennessee and for helping us get one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs,” he said.
Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe said, “Tyson’s decision to select Humboldt to invest over $300 million and create 1,500 new jobs will be transformational to this area of West Tennessee. Tyson has been a great partner to our state for 45 years, and I want to thank the company for making the largest investment in Gibson County’s history.”
"We are proud that Tyson has chosen our state and this community for this project,” Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton said. “Every new job benefits a family. Every new market opportunity for poultry and grain producers benefits our farmers. Every dollar invested benefits Humboldt and Gibson County, as well as the surrounding counties. And when rural Tennessee prospers, all of Tennessee prospers."
“This is an historic day for Humboldt, Gibson County and West Tennessee,” Humboldt Mayor Marvin Sikes said. “I want to thank Tyson Foods for its commitment to our community and region. The significant job creation and capital investment that will result from this project will have a positive impact on our community that will last for many years, and I could not be more excited about the future of Humboldt and Gibson County.”