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Wayne Farms Announces Expansion

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Governor Phil Bryant announced the expansion of Laurel poultry company, Wayne Farms, at the WIN Job Center this morning.

"It means that a father or mother will be able to come home and bring a good pay check with them," Bryant said.  "They'll be able to buy groceries and pay the rent and send their children to school."

The expansion comes from a $3 million commitment from Wayne Farms and a Community Development Block Grant of over $800,000.

"It's always a great day when we can announce new jobs and new capitol investment because it allows more people the opportunity to work, of course, and it also shows that our community is growing," Mitch Stennett, president of the Jones County Economic Development Authority, said.

Mayor Johnny Magee said this company is part of the reason the city is successful.

"We cannot be what we are without industry like Wayne Farms, and we're glad they're here," Magee said. 

Vice President and General Manager of the Fresh Business Unit for Wayne Farms Clint Rivers said the expansion inside the already existing facility was necessary for plant capabilities.

"It's really a need for the demand for products for our customers," Rivers said.  "They're looking for more additional products than we have the capability of producing today out of the plant, so the equipment will allow us to change our process to generate these products."

He said the project is slated for completion by Thanksgiving week.  The 150 new employees are being hired in 25-person increments over the next few weeks.

Bryant said this expansion is a small example of great things happening across the state.  Over 6,000 new jobs have been created this year.

"We're out-pacing the growth of America by 3 percentage points, so it's been a very good year for Mississippi so far and it's getting better," Bryant said.

He said Mississippi ranks no. 9 in the nation for the best state to do business and no. 5 in overall cost of doing business.

"Those statistics indicate something is working in Mississippi, and I believe it is the people," Bryant said.

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