JACKSON, MS — Tyson Foods is investing $61 million in its Vicksburg, MS poultry plant as part of the company’s commitment to meet increasing demand for protein and deliver on its strategy of accelerating long-term growth of the Tyson retail brand. The expansion will create nearly 50 jobs.
Tyson’s Vicksburg facility makes fully cooked chicken products for foodservice and retail customers. The expansion will increase production capacity of chicken products for foodservice customers such as restaurants and schools.
“The demand for convenient, high-quality chicken products continues to grow and there is no brand more trusted than Tyson – we are pleased to invest in our business as we invest in the great state of Mississippi," said David Bray, group president for Tyson Foods. "We’d like to thank the Mississippi Development Authority and Warren County for their assistance and support of this project.”
The Vicksburg facility employs approximately 500 people and paid more than $17 million in wages during its 2020 fiscal year. The facility has a local economic impact of $58 million annually. Tyson recently raised total compensation for team members, including raising hourly wages at the facility to at least $15 an hour.
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for infrastructure improvements. Warren County and Entergy Mississippi are also assisting with the project.
The expansion is expected to be complete by next summer.
“For three decades, Tyson Foods has been a valued employer and major economic contributor in Warren County," Gove Tate Reeves said. "The company’s ongoing investments in its Vicksburg operations are a testament to Mississippi’s strong business environment and capable workforce.”