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Cal-Maine Foods Plans Dexter, Missouri, Egg Processing Operations

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., a national producer and distributor of shell eggs, plans to establish egg processing operations in Dexter, Missouri. The $13 million project is expected to create 95 jobs.

The company will repurpose an existing facility which will feature a chick hatchery, feed mill, and maintenance of breeder flocks in addition to the production, processing, packaging, and distribution of shell eggs. Operations are scheduled to begin in the summer of 2024.

“We are pleased to announce the proposed acquisition of the assets of Tyson’s former broiler processing facility in Dexter, Missouri,” said Sherman Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. “This transaction is consistent with our growth strategy to expand our business through selective acquisitions in addition to our organic growth initiatives. The Dexter location offers an important opportunity to expand our geographic footprint and enhance our ability to serve our valued customers with added production and distribution capabilities in Missouri and surrounding markets. We look forward to working with the Tyson team to close the transaction and to working with the contract growers who will support our shell egg production capabilities. As we extend our market reach, we remain focused on the efficient and sustainable management of our existing and acquired operations and meeting the demands of our customers.”

Cal-Maine Foods will benefit from the Missouri Works Program, a tool that helps companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation.

“Cal-Maine Foods is an agricultural leader we’re proud to have in our state,” noted Michelle Hataway, Acting Director of the Department of Economic Development. “This company’s investment in Dexter is helping Missourians prosper by creating jobs, supporting farmers, and strengthening our agriculture industry as a whole. We appreciate all our partners who contributed to this project and helped bring new opportunities to Southeast Missouri.”

Cal-Maine Foods is the largest producer and distributor of shell eggs in the U.S. The company sells most of its product in the southwest, southeast, midwest and mid-atlantic.

“Cal-Maine Foods’ decision to establish their facility in Dexter not only underscores our city’s exceptional potential but also brings a wave of prosperity that will significantly benefit our local workforce and economy,” added Alisha Trammell, Executive Director of the Dexter Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to say that this venture will provide numerous employment opportunities for our local residents, offering them a chance to be part of a dynamic, growing industry. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Cal-Maine Foods for their investment in our community.”

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