BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Peco Foods says it will add 300 jobs in eastern Arkansas by expanding a feed mill in Newark and a processing plant in Batesville.
The company says the expansion will bring its total employment in Independence County to 866. The company says it plans to invest a total of $13.8 million in the two facilities.
Peco Foods announced the expansion Wednesday alongside local leaders and Gov. Mike Beebe.
Peco Foods is the eighth-largest poultry processor in the United States. The company, which is based in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; says it processes more than 4.2 million birds and 22 million pounds of ready-to-cook poultry each week.
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