Poultry producer Pilgrim’s Pride has announced a $24 million project that will create 141 jobs for Kentuckians at its Graves County plant, and Gov. Matt Bevin congratulated the company on the expansion.
“We are thankful for the company’s reinvestment in Graves County," Bevin said in a news release Friday. "It will have tremendous impact on southwest Kentucky through new jobs, additional production and increased sales for area growers, farmers and feed suppliers."
The news release says Pilgrim’s Pride will retool its poultry processing facility in Hickory to increase it's de-boning and marinating capacity. The expansion will create up to 157 new full-time jobs, and 141 of those are designated for Kentuckians as part of an incentive agreement between the company and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. New positions include management, maintenance, production and sanitation.
The investment also will cover the cost of new processing machinery and equipment. Bevin's office says company officials plan to clear a section of the plant and install new equipment in October.
“I thank Pilgrim’s Pride for its investment in Graves County,” Sen. Dan Humphries of Cadiz said in the news release. “This move will further energize our regional economy while providing additional jobs for hard-working Kentuckians, and I welcome the news of the company’s expansion.”
“Providing more than 140 Kentucky jobs, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has had a tremendous impact on our community,” Rep. Richard Heath, of Mayfield said in the release. “I am excited for this expansion to begin as we watch the continued success of Pilgrim’s Pride in Kentucky. This project is truly a testament both to the achievements of Pilgrim’s Pride and to the hard-working Kentuckians that contribute to their success."
Mayfield Mayor Teresa Cantrell said: “Pilgrim’s is a mainstay in our economy in Mayfield and Graves County. This expansion will be far-reaching into the city and county in terms of job opportunities. It’s what we need, and I’m proud of the leadership out there that is proactive – that’s what’s making this happen for our community.”
Local 6's Ashley Sanchez will bring more on this expansion on Local 6 at Five.
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