ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — In May, Wayne Farms started to upgrade its Enterprise plant by expanding and modernizing it.
The upgrade, which is tied to the company’s move into the national consumer marketplace, is also part of a region-wide $350 million expansion of Wayne Farms’ South Alabama Operation.
“Our leaders up from Oakwood, they decided that this area was a good place to go,” said Operations Manager Eddie Fortner. “We have great leadership here, we have a great team here, a lot of long term employees from this area that have done a great job here. We just thought it would be a great place to put a new line.”
Wayne Farms investment in the region over the last five years is part of the company’s strategy to expand and enter into new markets that are tied to the production of antibiotic-free chicken and products produced under the Global Animal Partnership Step 2 Standards.
“We want to make sure that we remember that we’re producing products for human consumption,” said Quality Assurance Superintendent Jennifer Botta. “We want to make sure that we don’t take ourselves away from that, and just go into processing, processing, processing. We’re giving to young kids, older people. With our gap product, the naked truth, we want to make sure that moms can give their kids whatever they want and know exactly what they’re giving their kids at all times.”
One employee who worked in the old plant in deboning talked about why she decided to move plants.
“I just wanted to try something new because since I’ve been here, that’s the only thing I’ve been doing,” Kenshiva Foster said. “I just wanted to come over here and experience something new.”
With the upgrades, Enterprise’s production capability increases from about 260,000 chickens daily to nearly 400,000.