Written from Release by Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Butterball, one of the largest producers of turkey products in the United States, announces the investing a combined $8.7 million and creating a total of 360 new jobs within three years in two processing facilities in Northwest Arkansas. The expansion includes a $4 million investment in Huntsville, where it will create 200 new jobs. The other plant expansion is in Ozark.
”Having been a longstanding employer in Arkansas through our feed mills, turkey growing operations and production facilities, Butterball appreciates the continued support from the state of Arkansas as we look to expand some of our processing operations at our Huntsville and Ozark, Arkansas facilities,” said Butterball President and CEO Jay Jandrain. “We are proud to continue to be vital contributors to and key supporters of the local communities in which we operate and we’re grateful for the hardworking people of Arkansas.”
Butterball’s Huntsville facility produces prepackaged fresh, frozen and cooked whole turkeys; turkey breasts and roasts; and prepackaged bone-in tray pack turkey products. In addition to the processing facilities in Ozark and Huntsville, Butterball has a third processing facility in Jonesboro, as well as feed mills in Yellville and Alix.
Butterball plans to upgrade processing equipment, expand cooler space and implement production line modifications at its Huntsville facility. The existing facility will also be remodeled to include a new training area, team member welfare areas and offices.
“The city of Huntsville is very excited at the prospect of adding so many jobs to our local economy,” Huntsville Mayor Darrell Trahan said. “The last statistical analysis of our workforce showed greater than 70% of our employed citizens were driving out of the county to work. We sincerely hope this will alleviate their need to drive.”