Custom Craft Poultry will open a new poultry processing plant in Little Rock, Arkansas. The roughly $10 million project is expected to create 290 jobs.
The company has repurposed the former Odom’s Tennessee Pride sausage plant on Asher Avenue. The location will focus primarily on fresh chicken for food service and further processing.
“We are very proud of our facility in Batesville and look forward to the additional opportunities that Little Rock holds for team members and customers,” CEO & Managing Partner Randell Smith said. “We are focused on providing the same quality and service our customers have grown to expect from our company. It will also provide a great employment opportunity for the people of Little Rock and surrounding areas.”
Custom Craft Poultry has been Arkansas-owned and operated since 2015. Its Batesville site currently produces approximately 60 million pounds of poultry each year. This expansion will bring the total number of employees in Batesville and Little Rock to nearly 500.
“Poultry is a huge part of the economy in Arkansas,” said Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston. “Custom Craft Poultry’s decision to expand into Little Rock demonstrates that local businesses can grow and thrive here in The Natural State even when times seem tough. I congratulate them on this recent success.”