Mississippi will provide $880,000 in federal community development money to help pay for infrastructure and renovations. The city of Laurel plans to add another $100,000.
A unit of New York's Continental Grain Co., Wayne Farms already employs 730 people in Laurel. As the sixth-largest poultry producer in the United States, Wayne Farms has annual sales of more than $1.9 billion and operates 11 processing facilities in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and North Carolina. Combined, the plants process 5 billion lbs. of poultry products per year.