$300 Million Simmons Foods Processing Plant To Open In October

Siloam Springs-based poultry producer Simmons Foods Inc. and Affiliates plans to open an approximately $300 million chicken processing facility in western Benton County in October.

Company executives last Tuesday offered a tour to the media and area officials as construction continues on the nearly 315,000-square-foot plant centered on more than 870 acres east of Arkansas Highway 59, between Gentry and Decatur. The plant will employ nearly 900 people when it opens, with the majority relocating from an existing plant in Decatur.

The plant is expected to reach a capacity of 2,300 jobs by 2022 and will add more than 1,500 jobs, with an estimated payroll of $86 million annually. Pay is expected to range between $13 and $25 per hour, with an average of about $16 per hour, said Donny Epp, senior director of communications for Simmons Foods.     MORE

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