North Carolina continues to court and capture chicken jobs.
Townsends Inc., a Delaware poultry producer, plans to expand its Mocksville facility and create 103 new jobs over the next three years, Gov. Bev Perdue's office announced this morning.
The expansion follows the news in late July that Sanderson Farms would revive plans to build a poultry processing complex in Kinston that's expected to employ 1,500 people when it reaches full capacity. Construction began in August and the complex is expected to open in early 2011, said Sanderson spokesman Mike Cockrell.
North Carolina is home to hundreds of chicken farmers and dozens of processing plants. The industry employs more than 25,000 people across the state.