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Tyson Foods expands Dooly Co. plant, creating 500 new jobs
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Tyson Foods, Inc. is expanding its chicken processing plant in Vienna, adding 500 new jobs.

Tyson will invest $110 million over the next year to expand the facility by 100,000 square-feet, according to a news release from Gov. Nathan Deal.

The Dooly County plant has been producing chicken for fast food chains and other restaurants, but will convert to produce fresh tray pack chicken to meet the needs of grocery stores and other retailers, the news release states.

"Tyson Foods is one of our state's largest employers in food processing, and I'm confident that it will continue to benefit from our top talent and robust industry network in order to deliver high-quality jobs to Georgia's citizens," Deal states in the news release.

According to Tyson officials, construction for the expansion began last year and is scheduled to be completed during the middle of this year.

Tyson Foods provides a wide variety of protein-based and prepared foods products, including leading brands such as Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Sara Lee frozen bakery, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells and State Fair. The company employs 124,000 people at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world.

Terrell Hudson, the chairman for the Dooly County Board of Commissioners, says the expansion means more chicken, which means more help for the farming community.

"It allows our farmers to grow more corn, more chickens generate more chicken litter, that's more fertilizer for our farmers," Hudson said.

It also means more work for surrounding counties, since some suppliers for the Tyson plant are in Houston County and Crisp County.

"Some of their contractors are in Sumpter County and Pulaski County, so it's good for the whole region," said Hudson.

The job growth should also mean more foot traffic for local businesses, like Sister's Home Cookin'.

Penny Huett, who owns the restaurant... says she expects to see even more business than usual.
The chicken plant currently employs about 700 people, with an annual payroll of about 15 million.

Hudson says the new jobs will be on different skill levels, from fabrication, to truck driving to technology and human resources.

Tyson Foods purchased the plant in 1995.

Applicants can apply for jobs on Tyson's website.

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