The global poultry genetics company plans to create up to 36 new jobs as part of the expansion, which will include a new feed mill to accommodate the company’s growth
Tennessee (US) Governor Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced Thursday that Aviagen will invest $35.3 million to expand in Pikeville.
Aviagen is a global poultry genetics company that supplies broiler breeding stock to customers in more than 100 countries under the Arbor Acres, Indian River and Ross brands, which are among the most recognized and respected names in the industry.
Aviagen says it plans to create up to 36 new jobs as part of the expansion, which will include a new feed mill to accommodate the company’s growth.
In recent weeks, we have announced several economic projects across our state that will offer Tennesseans much-need job opportunities. Aviagen’s substantial investment in Pikeville is welcome news for Bledsoe County and its residents, says Governor Lee. Together with other recent job announcements, Aviagen’s expansion promises to help Tennessee’s economy gain its footing and get back on track.
The company currently employs 714 Tennesseans across multiple locations in the state including the Upper Cumberland region.
With many Tennesseans in need of a job, our economic development efforts are as important as ever, says Commissioner Rolfe. TNECD remains committed to supporting private investment and job creation in rural Tennessee, and I’d like to thank Aviagen for its decision to expand in Tennessee and create jobs in Pikeville. Alongside our local partners in Bledsoe County, TDOT and the Department of Agriculture were instrumental partners in this project.
City of Pikeville Mayor, Philip Cagle, said: We are very proud to welcome Aviagen to Pikeville and Bledsoe County. With this expansion to our area, it will bring much needed jobs. We feel they will be a great asset for our community with jobs and the economic impact for the Sequatchie Valley. This will be a great opportunity for the local farmers to be able to produce the much-needed crops that Aviagen will need to produce the feed.
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