Aviagen, the global market leader of broiler chicken will invest $35.3 million to implement a new state-of-the-art feed mill in Pikeville, Tennessee. This falls within the regional expansion plans of the company. The facility will also create about 36 new job opportunities.
“With operations in Pikeville, Crossville and throughout the Cumberland Plateau, Aviagen is committed to the great state of Tennessee. Our strategy is to expand our local footprint, contribute to the growth in jobs, while also providing quality breeding stock to our customers throughout the U.S. and around the world. Governor Lee has a proven understanding of agriculture and, in particular, of primary breeders. Through this project, we share a common goal to promote the economic development of the area, while also helping chicken producers everywhere feed their communities with a sustainable and nutritious source of protein,” said Jan Henriksen, CEO of Aviagen.
The company’s global activity reaches more than 100 different countries, where they supply their customers with broiler parent stocks under well-known brands such as Arbor Acres, Indian River and Ross, which are among the most respected names in the industry. The company in Tennessee currently operates with 714 employees, spread throughout different locations within the state.
Since 2015, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) has supported roughly 90 projects in Southeast Tennessee, which has led to a grand total of 12,400 jobs and $3.64 billion in private investment.
Governor Bill Lee had the following to say about Aviagen’s latest project:“Aviagen’s substantial investment in Pikeville is welcome news for Bledsoe County and its residents. Together with other recent job announcements, Aviagen’s expansion promises to help Tennessee’s economy gain its footing and get back on track.”
TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe echoed similar sentiments “With many Tennesseans in need of a job, our economic development efforts are as important as ever. TNECD remains committed to supporting private investment and job creation in rural Tennessee, and I’d like to thank Aviagen for its decision to expand in Tennessee and create jobs in Pikeville.”
“Bledsoe County is an agriculture community, which makes Aviagen a perfect fit for our citizens. I am grateful to Aviagen, a worldwide enterprise, for selecting Bledsoe County to be the home of their latest strategic investment.” Gregg Ridley, Bledsoe County Mayor explained.
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