December 15, 2017
Wayne Farms announced a $105-million expansion investment in its Enterprise Processing Facility in Coffee County Dec. 12. State and regional officials attended the groundbreaking in Jack. From left are Coffee County Commission Chairman Dean Smith, Wayne Farms Senior Director of Fresh Operations Michael Crump, Wayne Farms President and CEO Clint Rivers, Gov. Kay Ivey, Wayne Farms Operations Manager Eddie Fortner and Wayne Farms Area Complex Manager Brad Williams.
Alabama’s No. 1 agricultural industry fueled the largest economic investment in Coffee County history during a Wayne Farms groundbreaking Dec. 12.
The poultry company’s $105-million investment will expand and modernize its Enterprise Processing Facility plant in Jack. An additional 400 jobs brings employment to more than 1,600, while production will increase to nearly 400,000 chickens daily. The plant opens in 2019.
Investing in Enterprise is the company’s next phase in regional expansion, as its three Wiregrass complexes — Dothan, Enterprise and Union Springs — employ more than 3,000 people. Poultry and row crop farmers will benefit, too, as the plant processes more chickens, increasing demand for locally grown grain.
The 200,000-square-foot expansion adds to the current facility’s 120,000 square feet. The plant will include a new processing line with state-of-the-industry technologies, including marination, waterjet portioning, and automated sizing and packaging.