Chicken processor to open $40M Mississippi plant, hiring 300

Published 9:09 am Monday, April 30, 2018

WEST POINT (AP) — An Alabama-based chicken processor will open a plant in northeast Mississippi to process and distribute frozen chicken products.

Peco Foods on Monday announced its plan to invest $40 million in West Point, hiring 300 people over the next four years.

Tuscaloosa-based Peco bought a 185,000-square-foot (17,000-square-meter) cold storage warehouse in December that it plans to renovate to house the operation.

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Peco says it needs more capacity to supply its customers, including restaurants, grocers and food service distributors.
State and local incentives, including grants, property tax reductions and a discounted water and sewer rate, could benefit Peco by $13.7 million over 10 years.

Officials said last fall that the company will pay workers $15 to $17 an hour.