Tyson building $208 million plant near Hanceville

Facility will replace complex lost in fire

Tyson Foods will invest $208 million in a new facility near Hanceville to replace its River Valley Ingredients rendering plant lost in a fire in July 2021.

The 121,000-square-foot facility, adjacent to the former rendering plant, is the single largest investment in Hanceville to date, according to a news release from Tyson. It’s expected to be complete in mid-2023 and will retain its 124 team members who worked at the previous Hanceville plant through the two-year construction period.

“This investment signals our continued support to the agricultural industry and jobs in Alabama, and we look forward to a renewed relationship with the Hanceville community and its leaders,” said Jason Spann, complex manager at the Hanceville Tyson Foods facility.

The original plant began a legacy the new one will continue, said Jeff Clemons, Cullman County commission chair.

“This facility has provided hundreds of jobs in Cullman County for years and the new plant will continue that legacy,” he said. “River Valley helped Cullman become a leader in poultry production in Alabama and the country. We are honored to have Tyson Foods rebuild in Cullman.”

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Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail said the rendering plant is located outside the town limits of Hanceville but said he views the company as a part of his community. “We have never had a company more supportive of community projects and needs. Tyson Foods is a great corporate citizen and Hanceville will continue to claim them as our company.”

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