The expansion will add 75 jobs to the facility at a cost of $24 million. Roughly 500 workers are currently employed at the plant. Garner, NC-based Butterball acquired the plant from Gusto Packing Co. in 2012.
“As Butterball expands its offering of innovative turkey products, we identified a need to enhance production capabilities,” said Joe Nalley, COO for Butterball. “The Montgomery plant provided an ideal facility for that expansion while allowing us the opportunity to absorb an attractive, on-going further-processed pork business. We look forward to deepening our roots in Illinois to support our growing business and provide long-term solutions that meet consumer demand for Butterball’s delicious products.”
The expansion makes the company eligible for state tax credits based on the jobs created. It is also eligible for a low-interest loan from the village of Montgomery.
“Montgomery has a very strong manufacturing core, houses a strong workforce and boasts premier access to various modes of transportation,” said Village President Matt Brolley. “I believe that this project will serve as a catalyst for industrial growth that will launch a new era of business in our community. I want to thank Butterball for the confidence that it has shown in our community.”
Butterball is co-owned by Lenexa, Kan.-based Seaboard Corp.