Along with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Laura Flanagan, Foster Farms president and CEO, announced details of the project on Aug. 23. With construction work already underway, the process of hiring employees to fill new positions at the plant has begun, according to officials. The expansion is expected to preserve 1,092 jobs in Union Parish and add 92 new direct and indirect jobs.
The company anticipates the new equipment, which reportedly includes a controlled atmosphere stunning system, will be part of the upgrades at the plant and the project is expected to be completed by October 2017.
“Foster Farms is expanding its Farmerville operation to allow for future growth and flexibility of customer mix, as well as greater efficiency in its fresh chicken operations,” Flanagan said. “Foster Farms has previously worked with the state economic development department when we acquired the facility in 2009. Since then, we have been very pleased with the quality of the workforce, the business-friendly climate, and the attitude of state and local officials in helping us to succeed in Louisiana.”
“Foster Farms’ facility in Union Parish has generated much-needed employment opportunities for our people,” said Gov. Edwards. “The company’s commitment to the area and reinvestment in the Farmerville poultry operations is a testament not only to the Louisiana workforce in the region, but to the company’s vision for future success in our state. We’re proud to have such a well-regarded agribusiness company like Foster Farms in Union Parish, and we congratulate them on their expansion. As Foster Farms grows its presence in Louisiana, many families will benefit, including the extended network of poultry farmers who supply this important plant.”