Tyson Foods Coming to Danville Pittsylvania County
Project Will Create More Than 375 New Jobs
Governor Ralph Northam announced today that Tyson Foods, Inc. will open a new manufacturing facility in Cane Creek Centre. The project will create 376 new jobs and includes $300 million in capital investment. Tyson will construct a 325,000 square foot facility at Cane Creek Centre, an industrial park jointly owned by Danville and Pittsylvania County. The facility will produce a variety of premium quality, fully cooked Tyson branded chicken products.
The Tobacco Commission is assisting this project with a $707,000 Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund (TROF) grant and an $822,000 TROF loan. Additionally, the Tobacco Commission has provided more than $4.9 million in funds for improvements to Cane Creek Centre over the years.
Tobacco Commission member, and CEO of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce Dr. Alexis Ehrhardt, said, “Danville Pittsylvania County is a great place to do business. When an industry leader like Tyson recognizes this, and makes a large investment in our community, they make the business story even stronger. I am so pleased that the Tobacco Commission was able to play a role in bringing Tyson and the associated 376 new jobs, not only through incentives for this particular project, but also through long-term investments in Cane Creek Centre. We look forward to supporting Tyson as they get construction underway and we welcome the company to our region.”
Tobacco Commission member, Senator Frank Ruff said, “I am delighted that Tyson has chosen to come to the region. Tyson was pleased with what the area offered employers, and we were pleased with the Tyson leadership team. Tyson will be a quality employer and asset to the community.”
President of Prepared Foods for Tyson Foods, Noelle O’Mara said, “As consumers actively look to add more protein to their diets, Tyson is uniquely positioned as a category leader to meet that growing demand. 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.”
Group President of Poultry for Tyson Foods, David Bray added, “Our company has been successfully working in the Commonwealth of Virginia for decades. We’re thankful for the invitation to become a part of the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County communities. The location is appealing because of the strong support from both state and local leaders, as well as the viability of labor in the region.”
Tyson Foods is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp®, and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has 139,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as a steward of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Tyson currently employs more than 2,000 people in Virginia.
Chairman of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors, Bob Warren said, “I am thrilled that Tyson has chosen to make such a significant investment in our community and employ so many in our region. With this being one of the largest capital investments in our county to date, Tyson clearly sees and believes that Pittsylvania County, as well as our entire region, is a truly great place to do business. I am extremely grateful that Tyson will employ so many in our area and play such a key role in furthering the positive economic momentum Pittsylvania County and the City of Danville are experiencing.”
Supervisor for the Dan River District where the plant will be located, Joe Davis, said “Tyson choosing to make such a significant capital investment and employ so many in our region is yet another example of the strong business environment that Pittsylvania County and Danville have developed. We are confident that Tyson will be an excellent corporate citizen in Pittsylvania County and will help us continue to improve the economic prosperity across our entire region. Welcome aboard Tyson!”
Chairman of the Danville-Pittsylvania Regional Industrial Facility Authority, Sherman Saunders added, “The story of Tyson Foods is one of purpose, hard work, and innovation. Those qualities have led the company to its position today as one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in its industry. I am excited to see what the future has in store for the company and the state-of-the-art facility that it will build here. We look forward to having a great relationship with Tyson Foods for a long time to come.”
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