Tyson Foods to open $300M Pittsylvania County facility
The 325,000-square-foot facility will create more than 300 jobs
Tyson Foods Inc. will open a 325,000-square-foot, $300 million manufacturing facility in the Cane Creek Centre industrial park, creating 376 jobs, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday.
The new facility will primarily be used for the production of cooked foods such as Any’Tizer Snacks and chicken nuggets made by Tyson Foods. The poultry company will purchase 60 million pounds of Virginia-grown chicken for the facility over the next three years.
Virginia competed with North Carolina for the project. Cane Creek Centre is jointly owned by the city of Danville and Pittsylvania County.
“When corporate partners reinvest in the commonwealth, it is a strong endorsement of the many attributes that make Virginia the best state for business,” Northam said. “Tyson Foods has been a major employer in Virginia for more than five decades and continues its growth trajectory with this new operation in Danville-Pittsylvania County, creating hundreds of quality jobs for the citizens of Southern Virginia. We look forward to many years of success.”
Additionally, the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $1.5 million from the Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund for the project. Tyson is eligible to receive state benefits from the Major Business Facility Job Tax Credit for full-time jobs created and benefits from the Virginia Enterprise Zone Program.
Construction will start either at the end of 2021 or early next year and hiring will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022, said Arnold Hendrix, spokesman for the city of Danville.
Tyson Foods is headquartered in Arkansas and has 139,000 employees. The company has had a footprint in Virginia for more than 50 years and employs more than 2,000 people across the state in its hatchery, grain and processing operations in Glen Allen and on the Eastern Shore.