FARBEST Foods Inc., one of the nation’s largest turkey companies, is investing nearly $70 million to build a 220,000-s.f. processing plant on 100 acres in Vincennes, Ind.
The new plant, which will be the third Indiana facility for the company, will initially employ 360 workers and is expected to grow to 600 with the anticipated addition of a second shift.
“Our current facilities for turkey processing, feeding and growing are near full utilization after completing the second shift of operations started in 2007,” said Farbest President Ted Seger. “We have been investigating alternatives for our planned growth for more than a year in an effort to meet growing global customer demand for our products. Indiana is the perfect home for growth due to its abundant supply of grain, proactive stance on development of agriculture and our ability to leverage the strengths of our current turkey grower base and employees.”
A family-owned operation since 1982, Farbest supplies more than a million pounds of raw, fresh and frozen turkey products per day to food processors who prepare and package their own brand-name foods. The company currently oversees the production of more than 10 million turkeys per year through approximately 170 contract growers in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. With customers in more than 20 countries, Farbest exports 20 percent of its products internationally.
The Vincennes facility is expected to open its doors in January 2014.