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Wayne Farms Laurel Fresh Production Facility Expanding, Adding More than 200 New Jobs

Laurel, MS (January 9, 2020) – Wayne Farms LLC has announced a $16.9 million expansion and upgrade of the Wayne Farms Laurel Fresh Production Facility, significantly increasing the plant’s capacity and adding approximately 200 jobs to the Laurel payroll.

The additional jobs required to staff the expanded operation will include 190 hourly positions and 11 salaried positions, and company officials are already taking applications. All positions offer full benefits and competitive wages, with starting pay at $11.60 per hour for hourly employees. “We’re ready to get this project underway,” noted Craig Ballantine, Laurel Complex Manager. “Demand for the products we produce is increasing, and this expansion will give us the capacity we’re going to need to meet it. We’re modernizing as we expand, so our people will be working with the latest processing machinery and technology—very exciting for them and our company.”

When construction is completed, the expanded Laurel facility will employ approximately 550 people. Pre-bid meetings with contractors are scheduled for mid-January, with construction expected to begin in mid-February and completion slated for May 2020. The Laurel expansion includes the addition of a leading-edge processing line and equipment, including automated cutting, deboning, portioning, packaging and upgraded X-Ray technology, all tied to the company’s new LADYBIRD™ premium chicken line of products.

All natural* LADYBIRD™ products are made from humanely raised** chickens grown on local family farms. The line consists of smaller, all-female chickens allowing for more consistent product sizing and portion control. The products are lightly aged on the bone before processing to yield better texture and tenderness while optimizing flavor and moisture retention.

 

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*Minimally processed. No artificial ingredients.
**Meets Wayne Farms animal welfare standards for assuring the highest level of commitment and integrity to the wellbeing of our chickens by providing quality nutrition, reliable shelter, stress-free environmental conditions, and support of natural behaviors.


About Wayne Farms LLC
Wayne Farms LLC is the seventh-largest vertically integrated poultry producer in the U.S. with annual sales exceeding $2 billion. A subsidiary of Continental Grain Company, Wayne Farms owns and operates 11 fresh and further-processed facilities throughout the Southeast, produces more than 2.6 billion pounds of poultry products each year, and employs more than 9,000 individuals. Producing products under the brand names of WAYNE FARMS® fresh and prepared chicken; PLATINUM HARVEST® premium fresh chicken; CHEF’S CRAFT® gourmet chicken; NAKED TRUTH® premium chicken; and LADYBIRD™ premium chicken, Wayne Farms has a well-known history of delivering exceptional poultry products to some of the largest industrial, institutional, and foodservice companies across America.

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Wayne Farms Laurel Fresh Production Facility Expanding, Adding More than 200 New Jobs

Wayne Farms Laurel Fresh Production Facility Expanding, Adding More than 200 New Jobs

Wayne Farms Introduces All Natural* LADYBIRD™ Premium Chicken Brand

Wayne Farms Introduces All Natural* LADYBIRD™ Premium Chicken Brand

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