LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Tyson Foods is planning to spend $1 million to expand its deboning plants in Berryville and Green Forest, Ark., and will add up to 300 jobs at the two plants,

“As part of continuing efforts to operate more efficiently, we’re starting a new chicken deboning process at our Berryville and Green Forest plants.” Gary Mickelson, Tyson spokesman, told MEATPOULTRY.com. “This move will involve the installation of some new processing equipment and the addition of approximately 200 to 250 production jobs at the Berryville plant and about 50 production positions at Green Forest. We’ve already started hiring and have filled 100 positions so far. We hope to have the remaining jobs filled within the next couple of months as we ramp up the additional deboning work.”

The change in operations means employment at Berryville will rise from 1,260 to about 1,500 employees. “Including our Green Forest and live production operations, our overall employment in Carroll County will increase from just over 2,900 to about 3,200 Team Members,” Mickelson said. “We estimate the new jobs will generate more than $6 million in additional payroll in Carroll County.”

Hourly starting pay for the new production jobs is $10.50 for day shift and $10.90 for the night shift.