Major expansion of poultry processing facility to happen in Rockingham Co.

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that the Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative will invest almost $62 million over the next three years to construct a new 80,000 square foot turkey processing facility in Hinton.

The expansion will also be supported with an additional investment in the company’s feed mill in Broadway and its grain elevator in Linville. The expansion will create six new jobs and increase production by more than forty-five percent.

Virginia successfully competed against Pennsylvania for the project.

“The investments being made by the Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative will not only increase poultry production and create jobs, but help bolster Virginia’s reputation as one of the nation’s leaders in quality poultry,” Gov. McAuliffe said about the expansion. “It also highlights the role that agriculture can and will play in building the new Virginia economy.”

The Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative is the 8th largest turkey processor in the U.S. and one of the largest suppliers of organic and antibiotic-free meat. Over the past decade, the Cooperative has expanded significantly now employing nearly 565 people in the region.

Governor McAuliffe approved a $500,000 performance-based grant from the Virginia Investment Partnership program to assist Rockingham with the project. The company will also receive a $250,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund. Additional funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. Rockingham County has committed up to $250,000 in matching funds over the life of the project.

“I am very pleased that Rockingham County and the Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative have been selected to receive VIP and AFID incentive grants,” said Michael Breeden, Chairman of the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors.

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