Tyson Foods has announced plans to build a 375,000-square-foot plant for cooked chicken products in Danville, Va.
The $300 million facility will manufacture branded Tyson products, including chicken nuggets and Any’tizer Snacks. The facility will be located in Cane Creek Centre, an industrial park jointly owned by the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County, and is scheduled to go online in the spring of 2023.
Virginia competed with North Carolina for the facility and its estimated 376 new jobs. Various state government entities and funds dedicated more than $8 million “to assist Danville-Pittsylvania County with the project,” according to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, although it was not clear from their statement how the money was spent. Tyson has also committed to buying 60 million pounds of Virginia chicken over the next three years.
“As consumers actively look to add more protein to their diets, Tyson is uniquely positioned as a category leader to meet that growing demand,” Noelle O’Mara, Tyson’s president for prepared foods, said in a statement. “Our continued focus on consumer driven innovation will accelerate this momentum, and our investment in Danville-Pittsylvania County will help drive the long-term growth of the iconic Tyson brand.”