US multinational food firm Tyson Foods is investing $208 million in a new facility in Hanceville, Alabama, closed to the company’s last rendering facility, which was destroyed in a fire last year.
According to sources, the new 121,000 sq. ft rendering facility will be serving many of the state’s poultry processors and others in neighbouring states.
The rendering process is said to reduce waste by cooking and breaking down the parts of poultry that people don’t eat and turning them into usable protein and fat products, maximising food production and decreasing energy and inputs.
Jason Spann, complex manager at the Hanceville Tyson Foods facility, said: “This investment signals our continued support to the agricultural industry and jobs in Alabama, and we look forward to a renewed relationship with the Hanceville community and its leaders”.
Throughout the two-year construction period, the company plans to keep the 124 employees who had been working at the destroyed Hanceville plant.
The new plant is estimated to be finished by mid-2023.