Sanderson Farms to expand plant, add feed mill
Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., Sanderson Farms' chairman and CEO, commented, "Our strategic market shift over the past several years to focus our production and processing on higher margin products has served us well. We have timed this conversion at Collins to coordinate with the opening of the Company's new Moultrie, Ga., processing facility. Initial operations at the new complex are scheduled to begin during the Company's fourth fiscal quarter of 2005. The Georgia facility will be dedicated exclusively to serving retail customers and our new state-of-the-art poultry complex is closer to our growing list of customers located in the southeast. With the conversion of the Collins plant to a larger weight bird, and the additional capacity of 150,000 head per week created by the expansion project, Sanderson Farms will add approximately 2.2 million pounds per week of fresh chicken processing capacity, approximately a 7.3% increase over current capacity."