Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative, Inc. (VPGC), Hinton, Va., announced plans to invest almost $62 million over the next three years to construct an 80,000-square-foot turkey processing facility in Hinton. The cooperative, which consists of 165 member-growers, will create six new jobs and increase production by more than 45%.
“Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative has enjoyed tremendous success over the last 10 years,” says John King, II, general manager. “Our success is directly attributed to the strength and quality of our member-producers and the support of our customers, employees and the community. We are excited to announce this expansion, and hope this accomplishment will continue to invigorate the agriculture community throughout the region. This expansion will incorporate the very latest technology into our processes. We are responding directly to customer demands and growth requirements, while also taking care of our employees through processing modifications. Our ongoing commitments to food safety and animal welfare also factor heavily in this expansion. VPGC has a history of adapting to changing needs in the marketplace, and this expansion allows us to further adjust to both customer and consumer desires. We have spent a great deal of time working with our stakeholders and state and local government leaders to help realize this project. As a premier supplier, we are excited to expand the influence of our company and the reach of our products.”