Tyson Foods Opens $425M Tennessee Poultry Complex
April 15, 2021
Foods opened the company’s new poultry complex in Humboldt, Tennessee. The $425
million project, which includes a processing plant, feed mill and hatchery,
represents Tyson’s biggest investment in Tennessee and the single largest
corporate investment ever in Gibson County.
“We’re pleased to add to the growth in Gibson County with the opening of our new
370,000 square foot processing facility,” said Dean Banks, President and CEO,
Tyson Foods. “We appreciate the support of all those who played a role in making
this facility possible—the local community, county, state and our Humboldt team
members, who safely and responsibly produce high-quality protein daily to help
feed our nation and the world.”
“Tyson Foods started as a small family poultry business more than 85 years ago,
and today we are a recognized leader in protein,” said John R. Tyson, chief
sustainability officer and member of the Tyson Family. “We are incredibly proud
to make western Tennessee the home of our first new poultry facility in 25 years
and look forward to being part of the community and supporting the local
Several hundred workers have been hired so far and are being trained for the
start of production later this month. The processing plant, which is expected to
employ more than 1,500 team members by 2023, is located within the Gibson County
Industrial Park and will produce pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken for retail
grocery stores nationwide beginning in late April.
“The demand for Tyson chicken products continues to grow and this plant will
help us meet the needs of our customers and consumers,” said Donnie King, Chief
Operating Officer and Group President, Poultry for Tyson Foods. “We’re excited
to start this new chapter with the people of western Tennessee who have been
extremely supportive of the project since day one.”
The payroll and payments to farmers from the new operation, along with the
purchase of grain and utilities, is expected to generate an annual economic
benefit to the state of Tennessee of $150 million.
“With five facilities across Tennessee, Tyson Foods has an enormous impact on
our state’s agriculture industry and rural communities,” said Tennessee Governor
Bill Lee. “Job creation is crucial to our continued economic success, and I
thank Tyson for its investment and commitment to Humboldt and West Tennessee.”
The company’s Humboldt feed mill, which will supply feed for approximately 56
local poultry farmers, will employ 30 team members and produce 14,000 tons of
finished feed a week when production reaches full capacity.
The Humboldt hatchery employs 30 team members and provides chicks for local
poultry farmers who supply broiler chickens to Tyson.
is the second major economic development project Tyson Foods has initiated in
Tennessee in recent years. In August 2017, the company announced an $84 million
expansion of its Union City operations, which has added more than 200 jobs.
Including Union City, the company currently operates five facilities in the
state, employing about 5,000 people with an annual payroll of more than $226
million. In its 2020 fiscal year, Tyson Foods paid Tennessee farmers more than
$61 million. The company estimates its total statewide annual impact for fiscal
2020, including payroll, grain purchases, utilities, property taxes and
charitable contributions to be more than $428 million.
“Tyson Foods has been doing business in Tennessee for nearly 50 years and we’re
committed to making a positive impact on Humboldt and the entire region,” said
Tom McCue, Humboldt complex manager. “We appreciate the support of the local
community as we’ve worked toward this day and I’m excited to build a tradition
of excellence with our team members.”