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Tyson expands poultry plant in Indiana

Tyson Foods has announced plans to expand poultry processing operations at its Corydon, Indiana complex, creating 78 new jobs in the next year.

The company said it will invest $626,000 in new equipment to relocate chicken deboning lines from facilities in Arkansas and Missouri to its 130,000-sq. ft facility.

"Tyson Foods not only provides work for thousands in our state, but this investment is a boost to Hoosier poultry farmers who supply the company with locally grown meat," said Governor Mitch Daniels.

The Corydon branch produces more than 127 mln pounds of fried, marinated and rotisserie chicken per year for grocery store delis, employs 650 workers and plans to begin hiring additional production associates immediately.

"As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance plant efficiencies, we're making some operational changes that will involve more jobs. Instead of continuing to ship certain cuts of chicken to outside plants in other states for deboning we've decided to do the work right here in Indiana," said David Whittington, complex manager for Tyson Foods.

Natalie Berkhout

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