TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Peco Foods Inc. is moving forward with plans to build a poultry-processing plant and other facilities in Northeast Arkansas, according to a news release from the office of Gov. Mike Beebe.

The company plans to invest $165 million in a hatchery and processing plant two miles south of Pocahontas, Ark. and a feed mill in Corning, Ark. Groundbreaking for the feed mill is scheduled for April, while construction on the hatchery and processing plant is set for July.

“We are extremely pleased to formally announce this new project today,” Peco Foods President and CEO Mark Hickman said in the statement. “Arkansas is an excellent place to do business, and we look forward to providing new jobs and an economic boost to Randolph and Clay Counties. As we have experienced firsthand with our complex in Batesville, this state is home to an outstanding workforce that shares the goals and values of our company.” 

Peco Foods is a family owned business with four kill plants, two further processing plants, four hatcheries and four feed mills located in Alabama and Mississippi.