Butterball, LLC, Garner, N.C., purchased a strategically located further processing facility in Raeford, N.C. The purchase of this facility will help the company continue to meet growing consumer demand for a variety of Butterball turkey products.

“We are extremely excited to expand Butterball’s further processing operations in Raeford, N.C., and for the opportunity to further strengthen our ties with the community,” says Kerry Doughty, president and CEO. “Over the next 12 months, we anticipate investing nearly $30 million in improvements for the facility, totaling more than 200,000 square feet, and enhancing its production capacity to 200 million pounds annually.”

Beyond the business rationale for this acquisition, this move also is important to Butterball given its long-standing ties to local communities throughout the state, including Raeford, where Butterball already employs nearly 200 people in its hatchery operations and Western Breeder division. This acquisition will create more than 200 initial jobs for those in the Raeford community, and more than 360 jobs over the next three years.