Cities, county, TEDC to formally announce new Sanderson Farms facility with 1,700 jobs on Monday

Published on Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:36 - Written by ROY MAYNARD, rmaynard@tylerpaper.com

Smith County officials, along with representatives from the cities of Lindale and Tyler, will gather with the Tyler Economic Development Council on Monday to formally announce a new Sanderson Farms facility in Smith and Wood counties.

The $200 million facility will bring as many as 1,700 jobs. The press conference will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Smith County Commissioners Court courtroom at 200 E. Ferguson St. in Tyler.

The complex will be located near Interstate 20, in the Lindale area, but the exact location will likely be announced on Monday.

Construction could begin as soon as this summer, with completion planned for 2019.

The massive new processing plant will mean Sanderson Farms will need more local poultry growers, so there are plans for up to 80 new contract growers.

Tyler Mayor Martin Heines could say little on Friday, due to an agreement to let the company take the full package to its board early Monday.

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“Out of respect, I can’t say much, but I can say that this is a great thing for our area,” he said. “This is a lot of jobs, and on Monday we’ll have more information on average salaries, etc. But they’re good jobs and we’re very pleased they’ve chosen East Texas for this new facility.”

Tom Mullins, of the Tyler Economic Development Council, said the deal has been in the works for months, but it depends on incentives. The tax abatement deals will be announced in Monday’s press conference, and will have to be approved by the city of Lindale, and by the Smith County and Wood County commissioners courts.

In a press release, Sanderson Farms CEO Joe F. Sanderson Jr. said the site selection was a lengthy process.

“We are grateful for the cooperation from the economic development and governmental officials in Tyler, Mineola and Lindale, Texas; Wood and Smith Counties; and the State of Texas,” Sanderson said in the release. “We believe this expansion will enhance our ability to drive revenues and earnings and allow us to continue our record of building long-term value for our shareholders.

“The additional capacity of 1.25 million birds per week represented by the new complex will provide new marketing opportunities for the Company for retail grocery customers. We are pleased that our recent financial performance has put us in a position to continue to grow our Company.”

Sanderson Farms was founded in 1947 in Laurel, Mississippi. It now has more than 13,000 employees and yearly revenues of $2.8 billion.

The Tyler Paper will live-tweet the press conference Monday morning. To learn information about the deal in real time, follow @TMTFaith on Twitter.

This story is developing.